- Says country will not benefit from anti-corruption laws enacted according to agenda of IMF
- Accuses Govt. of creating communal and religious rifts on top of introducing anti-people laws
- Notes while Gotabaya Rajapaksa became known for reversing gazettes, his successor is now reversing laws and legislations
SJB Parliamentarian Eran Wickramaratne
Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) MP Eran Wickramaratne yesterday accused the Government of attempting to introduce anti-people laws.
“Many problems have now arisen in the backdrop of the Government bringing in several bills including the Broadcasting Authority Bill and the Anti-Corruption Bill,” the MP told the media.
Wickramaratne said the Broadcasting Authority Bill is problematic while the Supreme Court has also determined that several clauses of the Anti-Corruption Bill are inconsistent with the constitution.
“Therefore doubts arise if this bill was prepared by private lawyers to meet the expectation of the Government. It is unlikely for a bill to have this many inconsistencies if it was drafted by officers of the Legal Draftsman’s office,” he said.
The MP opined that while the Government is introducing various anti-democratic and anti-people bills it is also creating communal and religious rifts in the country.
Wickramaratne said while Gotabaya Rajapaksa became known for reversing gazettes, his successor is now reversing laws and legislations.
“If gazettes and laws are reversed based on necessity, there should be a dialogue in the country before that. The people are waiting for the best laws to eliminate corruption and fraud because the people are tired of corruption, theft and fraud in this country. This country went bankrupt for the first time under the leaders of the present regime. The parties responsible for it are trying to bring these laws. People have to wonder why this group that destroyed the country is manipulating the situation yet again,” he said.
The MP said the Government is drafting anti-corruption laws according to the IMF’s agenda and the country will not benefit from such legislation.