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Minister challenges UNP

Jan 13, 2011 10:49:47 AM - itnnews.lk

UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake has said that the Government had no programme to grant relief to flood victims. But Minister Johnston Fernando called on the UNP to join in the massive relief operations mooted by the government, without making unnecessary criticisms.

Mr. Attanayake said that when 900 thousand persons were impacted by the calamity, the Government had still not been able to launch an appropriate programme to extend relief to the affected persons. He said there was no proper coordination between the Ministries.

However, Minister Johnston Fernando told newsmen that not a single UNP leader or MPs who are aspiring to become leaders had visited any affected location. They had not at least provided a bottle of water to the flood victims. Several days had passed since the displacement of the people by the deluge. The President had already visited affected areas. Not a single UNP Working Committee member had visited. Without visiting the affected areas, the Minister queried as to how the UNP could have a proper awareness of the situation. They are simply making statements from Air Conditioned Rooms in Colombo. He told the UNP to give up narrow political aims and to exploit the situation to gain political mileage.