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Pointing fingers at each other will not take country anywhere – Minister Dullas Alahapperuma

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Media Minister Dullas Alahapperuma told Parliament that all parties claim to be innocent like ‘Bodhisathvayo’ when they are in the Opposition and become ‘Devadattas’ when their government takes over.

Alahapperuma said that this is what has happened throughout history, adding that all are pointing the finger at an unpleasant and irresponsible past and not the future.The Minister said this while participating in the Fifth Day Debate on the Second Reading of the Budget.

“During these five days of debating the budget for what have we done other than pointing fingers at each other?”.

There have been a number of tragedies in history, the minister said, adding that in 88, 89 the youth uprising claimed hundreds of thousands of lives. “Moreover, the way claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands more. This was a great tragedy. Now it’s the pandemic, which is the worst the country has experienced since independence. The people have had to face many natural and other disasters over the past five decades. Not only the economy and education but also the lives of the people were disrupted. We are facing a terrible epidemic that has paralyzed not only our country but the whole world.”

He noted that it is under such a predicament that the Budget was presented in an unfavourable situation within a impenetrable economy and paralysed education. “Hence, I appeal to you all to understand this difficulty. It is alright to criticize the Budget, but refrain from character assassination. I appeal to you all to compare the Budget with the past. We have been battered by this pandemic and as a country, where are we today? I appeal to everyone who is part of this debate to reflect on where we are today as a country,” the minister said.

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