Colombo Telegraph

Ranil Promises Economic Revival, As JVP Calls For ‘Political Cleansing’

While pledging to not privatize state institutions, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe promised to boost the country’s economy, and double the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 2023.

Speaking at the UNP’s May Day rally in Campbell Park, Colombo, Wickremesinghe said, “we will take this country forward, without family rule,” he said.

“We won’t privatise state institutions, but we will also make sure they will not be a burden to the public,” he said.

The Premier also said that the government will not increase the taxes on the essential items, while carrying out work to develop the country with the assistance of the international community.

Wickremesinghe also promised a new salary scheme for public servants, which will be introduced by 2020.

Meanwhile, leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna, Anura Kumara Dissanayakeat speaking at the JVP May Day rally at the BRC grounds in Havelock Town accused the UNP and SLFP national government of failing to solve the economic issues. “What the country needs is for it to be cleansed from bad politics, and introduce socialism, because that is the only concept that will help the economic and other political problems the public is facing,” he said.

Dissanayake added that both the SLFP and UNP were obviously not qualified enough to govern the country or to even do politics.

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