Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today defended the policies of the coalition Government which some people say is a “acharu” Government.
Speaking at an event in Walapane, the Prime Minister said that the “acharu” Government has achieved in 100 days what former President Mahinda Rajapaksa could not achieve in five years.
“We have at least reduced the cost of living burden on the people,” he said.
Wickremesinghe noted that President Maithripala Sirisena was elected to power in January in order to bring change to the country.
The Prime Minister says the former President is questioning the failure of the new Government to take some of the development projects forward.
However he says, when questioned, the ordinary public say that while there are new roads and highways they could not make full use of them as the cost of fuel was high.
Now, the Prime Minister says, the public are able to pump full tanks of fuel and travel around since the new Government reduced the cost of fuel.
“This acharu Government filled your bags and your stomach. The Rajapaksa Government filled their bags and their stomoch,” he said.
Wickremesinghe said that what is important is not the development but that the people have money to spend in their hands.
He also said that most development projects, including the construction of roads, will continue by following the proper tender procedures. (Colombo Gazette)