By Saman Indrajith
The government deliberately delayed taking action to prevent the spread of communal violence, the JVP said yesterday.
Addressing a press conference, held at the party headquarters in Pelawatta, JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said: “In the aftermath of the local government election defeat, the government is in a crisis. The Prime Minister is in a battle with enemies from his party to save his chair. The President is preoccupied in planning his next move in the power-struggle. The ministers are worrying either about the portfolios they got or about to get. It is in this context, the recent communal clashes occurred. So the government did not take action to nip it in the bud, but let the country engulf in fire.
What is the need of a government if thugs can come in broad daylight to set houses and shops on fire? The basic responsibility of a government is to ensure the safety and security of its people. This government has shirked that responsibility.
“Because of the communal clashes all the problems of people have been pushed to the second place. That was the need of the government. Instead of controlling the situation it purposely let it grow.
“We call upon people to condemn racism and never let others to lead you for their narrow minded political gains. We had a war for 30 years and almost all people from the poorest sector suffered irrespective of their race, language or religion. We do not want to go back to that past again.
“Prime Minister did not take the position of Minister of Law and Order to establish law and order in the country but to manage the internal problems of his party. The Prime Minister has proven incapable of preventing crisis situations and also that he cannot take action necessary to bring such situations under control. The recent clashes indicate his inabilities,”
JVP Kalutara District MP Dr Nalinda Jayatissa also addressed the press.