The ruling United National Party (UNP) says “Ali baba’s thieves” who were in the Government before the January 8 Presidential elections, are attempting to return to power.
UNP spokesman Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said that the the thieves are looking at contesting the next Parliament elections but are unlikely to be endorsed by the public.
“We cut the tree which was involved in corruption but the roots have yet to be fully unearthed. It is those roots which are now attempting to return to power. It is like Ali baba and the 40 thieves. But there are more than 40 thieves,” he said.
Kariyawasam said that the corrupt politicians who are attempting to return to Parliament at the next Parliament elections are looking at escaping from facing action against corruption.
The UNP MP, meanwhile, insisted that the UNP is confident it can win the Parliament elections with majority support.
He also rejected the idea that President Maithripala Sirisena won the last Presidential elections only because he had the support of the minorities. (Colombo Gazette)