Athuraliye Rathana Thero who played an important role during the 2015 President Election today hit out at Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his economic policies, while calling on President Maithripala Sirisena to use the powers given to him by the people and start taking important decisions.
Speaking at the inaugural conference of the Sri Lanka National Council, which was presided by Sirisena, Rathana Thero said, “We didn’t elect Maithripala so that some other gang can come and force down their economic policies on us,” he said.
He called on Sirisena to utilize the power he got from the Presidential Election and be the person making the decisions. “It is only President Sirisena who won; it is he who has the power. Not, Ranil Wickremesinghe nor Mahinda Rajapaksa. They have both lost, so the President is the one who should be making decisions,” he declared.
Rathana Thero said that neither the President nor the Prime Minister can dole out land from this country to foreigners as and when they please. “If they want to go forward, they can’t be making decisions to please their own whims and fancies, instead there must be a concrete national plan which they need to adhere to,” he added. He also criticized Wickremesinghe’s recent decisions to lease land to the Chinese.
He also said that people can’t live in air conditioned rooms and make decisions. “That culture must stop,” he said.
He also added that the Cabinet which meets at Temple Trees is very indecisive on certain decisions because they are hell bent on pleasing certain people. “In the afternoon they will announce one decision, and in the evening they will retract it. This must stop. It is the President who was elected; it is he who has the power. He should be the one making decisions not Ranil Wickremesinghe,” he added.