The Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) and other groups that were bitterly critical of the previous government at every turn are suspiciously quiet on the shortcomings of the new administration, the United National Party (UNP) said today.
UNP MP Harshana Rajakaruna told reporters this morning that the GMOA and other unions representing the state sector that would go on strike for every perceived misstep on the part of the UNP-led Yahapalana Government have not said a word in protest over the Mahapola scholarship issue or the as yet unfulfilled promise of salary increments.
Therefore, said Rajakaruna, it is clear that these groups were controlled by a political force intent on discrediting the previous government. They have gone quiet now, he said, as their political objectives have been met.
Rajakaruna also accused the government of distracting the people with leaked audio recordings purportedly featuring UNP MP Ranjan Ramanayake and various high profile figures.
“No one talks about the promises made by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in his speech in Parliament anymore – promises that were also mentioned in his election manifesto. Instead, phone recordings of MP Ramanayake are released every day through the media,” he said.
Though President Rajapaksa promised a relief package to every low-income family, the government has yet to deliver on that promise, said Rajakaruna, adding that, since taking over office in November, the government has also stopped distributing the nourishment pack (‘Poshana Malla’) given to pregnant women.
The Gampaha District MP further accused the government of performing for the media in an attempt to mislead the public.
“The Government performed a media circus by inviting protesting university students who were demanding the Mahapola scholarship to a discussion in an airconditioned room, but their demands remain unaddressed,” he said.
Despite these shortcomings, said Rajakaruna, members of this government are asking the people for a two-thirds majority in Parliament in the upcoming general elections.
“They are deceiving the people by asking them for a two-thirds majority in Parliament supposedly to serve them better. In reality, they’re carrying out a programme to keep the powers of the President and the Prime Minister intact within their family,” he said.