‘We should fulfill the promises  given to the people’ ‘We should fulfill the promises given to the people’
Dec 26, 2017

Ravi claims to be a victim of media hype (video) Featured

Ex-minister Ravi Karunanayake claims he is a victim of media hype and says his innocence will be proven by the report into the Central Bank bond issue.

Truth will prevail when the commission hands over its report to the president before December 31, he says.

Answering questions posed to him, Karunanayake said he wanted to create a new political culture and also to prove that he came to politics to serve the people, not to earn money.

He said other ministries should take him as an example and support any investigations.

Once the report is released, he said he would carry on with his active politics, honestly and speedily.

To serve the personal needs

Attempts were made to stop politicians like us, who press forward, to serve the personal needs of a few, he said.

Karunanayake said that at present, he was listening to the grievances of the grassroots level UNP supporters, after helping the party to prepare nominations for the LG polls.

He said the supporters placed trust in him and that he wanted to take that forward by creating a new political culture for the UNP.

UNP will win

Answering another question, the MP said the UNP would gain a grand victory at the upcoming election to allow ‘concentrate politics’ for all.

The country could achieve growth through a future vision by the president and the prime minister taking it forward together, he said.

Commenting on the economy, he said that the government was able to restore the economy and grant certain concessions to the public within a very short period, after the Rajapaksa regime caused the economy to go down on its knees.

The progress is slow but steady, with the 10.7 per cent revenue now raised to 15 pc, said Karunanayake.

People want work done

He remarked that incumbent minister Mangala Samaraweera needed to focus more on work rather than on talk, as the public wants the work done, not excuses, by taking firm decisions.

It appears the country is falling into an abyss, as those who do the work in the good governance regime are being looked at indifferently, said the MP.

He said that not everyone is needed, but that if the president and the PM got together and with the support of a handful, a programme should be prepared to push the country forward quickly.

After the LG polls are over, promises to the public should be fulfilled, he added.