JHU says Ranil cannot claim Maithripala’s mandate
The JathikaHelaUrumaya (JHU) yesterday opined that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe cannot claim the mandate people gave President Maithripala Sirisena at the 8 January poll.
“The people did not vote for Ranil but for President Maithripala Sirisena. So it is wrong of him (Ranil) to use the President’s mandate in this manner as that is going to create displeasure and dismay concerning this Government in the hearts of the people,” JHU Western Provincial Councillor (WPC) Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe pointed out.
Warnasinghe also expressed the JHU’s dismay at the PM threatening several media institutions recently.
“The mandate people gave on 8 January to Maithripala Sirisena is for good governance, under which ‘good governance’ freedom of media is also included. Therefore, the Prime Minister has no right to violate this mandate and it is very wrong of him to do so,” opined the JHU member. Last week Premier Wickremesinghe said the United National Party (UNP) sought the support of the public at the presidential elections last month to make him Prime Minister and not only to make Maithripala Sirisena President.