SLFPers denied Samurdhi under the expanded scheme: Party to move court


by Shamindra Ferdinando

The SLFP yesterday alleged that a staggering Rs 310 mn had been squandered on controversial ongoing propaganda project to provide Samurdhi benefits to additional 600,000 persons.

SLFP General Secretary Dayasiri Jayasekera, MP, told the media at the party office at the T.B. Jayah Mawatha the UNP had chosen five companies run by its loyalists to conduct the campaign.

The SLFPer said that 25 events/meetings were being organised countrywide at the Samurdhi beneficiaries’ expense. The MP alleged that funds which could have been utilised for the benefit of Samurdhi recipients were wasted.

Jayasekera also found fault with the selection process. The government manipulated the whole process to deprive deserving SLFPers and JO supporters of Samurdhi benefits, Jayasekera said. Declaring that the SLFP had gathered quite a lot of information about the manipulation of the selection process, the MP called for those affected to get in touch with the SLFP.

The SLFP General Secretary assured that the party would resort to legal recourse against the injustice caused to the needy.

During the question and answer session, MP Jayasekera flayed Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe over the latter’s failure to bring back disgraced Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran wanted in connection with bonds scams perpetrated in 2015 and 2016.

The MP also dealt with the ongoing talks between the SLFP and the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) to reach a consensus on a common programme. The lawmaker asserted that an agreement could be reached on their presidential candidate once a consensus was achieved on a common programme.

The SLFP and SLPP are scheduled to meet again on June 17.

Asked by The Island whether it was prudent for the President and the Speaker to assure various interested parties that the Emergency could be allowed to lapse later this month, Jayasekera explained that there were reports that the situation was normal. He acknowledged the need to decide on the matter in consultation with the security forces top brass and law enforcement authorities.

Asked by The Island why only four UPFA MPs had voted for Emergency last month, Jayasekera said that they had never expected the TNA to seek a division. The MP admitted that the TNA move had taken them by surprise.

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