Opposition theatrics won’t fool people -Johnston | Daily News

Opposition theatrics won’t fool people -Johnston

Various theatrics by the Opposition such as walking along paddy fields in the rain would not help wash away the sins of the Central Bank robbery committed by those now in the Opposition, Chief Government Whip Highways Minister Johnston Fernando said.

Addressing a ceremony to mark the launch of developing the Palapathwela-Galewela road in Matale under the 100,000 km road development project of the Vistas of Splendour and Prosperity National Police Framework, Minister Fernando said that such theatrics like the Opposition Leader walking in paddy fields and speaking to farmers in the rain would not exonerate him of his responsibility in Central Bank Treasury Bond Scam.

“The people will not be fooled by these Opposition gimmicks and theatrics,” the Minister said.

“The country’s economy had been ruined by those now in the Opposition by allegedly propping up the Yahapalana Government to rob the Central Bank. People will never forget or forgive them for the crime they committed. Despite the pandemic we did not let the economy collapse. The economy is safe because of the simple tax system and policies of this Government.

We tell people with responsibility that we would complete the development process we have started. There are some temporary problems such as the shortage of some essential items. That shortage has been created by the black marketeers to profit from the pandemic. This situation will change,” Minister Fernando said.

The Minister said that 670 roads in the Matale District have been ear-marked for development. The Palapathwela-Galewela road to be widened and developed would be completed in 12 months. Under the project 30.75 km would be developed at a cost of Rs 3,552 millions. “Not a single road had been developed during the five years of the Yahapalana government. They promised to construct a Central expressway to Kandy but they did not do that. They promised to build an expressway to Dambulla but could not do so. Minister Janaka Bandara Tennakoon asked me to develop this road.

Minister of Public Service Provincial Councils and Local Government Janaka Bandara Tennakoon was also present. 

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