Speaking to the media in Colombo today, Ranawaka said Sri Lanka needed a political culture that laid more emphasis on skills and abilities than family interests.
Sajith Premadasa has already begun positioning himself as a potential presidential candidate by highlighting the positive aspects of his father, Ranasinghe Premadasa’s presidency. Former President Premadasa’s presidency was marred with gross human rights violations and extra-judicial killings. However, he managed to initiate a comprehensive poverty alleviation and housing programmes that benefitted the underprivileged sections of society.
Ranawaka also criticized the welfare-centric brand of politics espoused by Premadasa.
“Everyone talks about providing various facilities free of charge. They remind me of Santa Clause. Unfortunately, no one talks about the real crisis faced by the country – the debt issue. No one presents their plans to resolve the debt issue,” Ranawaka added.
“I’ve held ministries since 2010. In every ministry I headed, I managed to resolve the debt issue and generate profits,” the Minister added projecting himself as an alternative to Premadasa.
However, when asked whether he would run for the Presidency, Ranawaka avoided the question saying he did not know anything about it. “But in every President election since 2005, we were instrumental in having way for the winning party. I am sure we will do the same at the next election,” he said.