Speaking during an event in Anuradhapura today, General Secretary of the UNP Palitha Range Bandara demanded the government to ensure the law is enforced equally on all Sri Lankans, irrespective of their ranks and positions.
Former MP Range Bandara said although the present administration came to power to implement the ‘one country, one law’ concept, the law is being enforced selectively, with powerful persons going unpunished.
He said the government has challenged the independence of state entities such as the Attorney General’s Department and Bribery Commission.
The UNP General Secretary said the officials of the Attorney General’s Department and Bribery Commission have been compelled to withdraw several court cases against of government affiliates.
He said therefore the public has also lost faith in the legal proceedings at present. Former MP Palitha Range Bandara urged the government to respect the rule of law and ensure the supremacy of the law is upheld.
On a separate note, General Secretary of the UNP Palitha Range Bandara said although the present government came to power by promising to retake state assets given to external parties, it has commenced selling national assets to foreign entities.
He said the government has made all arrangements to handover the East Container Terminal of the Colombo Harbour to an Indian company.
Former MP Range Bandara added that contradictory views are expressed pertaining to the matter by Cabinet Ministers which has only happened after a specific government has been in power for more than three or four years.
He said divisions have appeared within the present government from the outset.
Former MP Palitha Range Bandara noted that had the UNP was running the country, the public would’ve been able to use the Right to Information Act and obtain actual data related to the state of the country.