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Opposition gangs up against government for misusing state resources

By Aisha Edris and Jayashika Padmasiri
Leading opposition parties have alleged that the government is misusing state properties for the Eastern Provincial Council elections.

The main opposition United National Party (UNP) said that the government was exploiting state properties for the Eastern Provincial Council election. According to UNP Parliamentarian Ravi Karunanayake, the government had taken 12 vehicles from each state institution to be used for election propaganda.

“We have got to know that the government is using state vehicles and officers for its election propaganda. We are monitoring the situation and are hoping to take action against it,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) yesterday said that it was hoping to make a complaint to Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake about the government misusing state vehicles, buildings, institutions and government servants for the forthcoming Eastern election, scheduled to be held on May 10.

JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva told The Nation that the party was planning to write to the Elections Commissioner about certain government ministers who have been misusing public property.

“In Ampara District, a government minister had reportedly visited a Samurdhi headquarters office and ordered the office to be transformed into an election campaign office instead of continuing to work as a government institution that has been created for the benefit of the public,” he said.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress General Secretary Hassan Ali said that a large number of ministers were camping in Ampara for election campaigns.

“There is a large delegation of ministers who have camped in Ampara and they are misusing government resources,” he charged.
He alleged that the ministers were forcing government employees in the area to campaign for the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA).

“The ministers are forcing government employees to work for them,” he charged.
Hassan Ali further said that the ministers have also asked all the Samurdhi beneficiaries to campaign for the government and asked them to have party offices at their houses.

“We also received information that the ministers had asked Samurdhi beneficiaries to get ballot papers from UNP supporters and to somehow obstruct the UNP supporters from voting,” he added.

Meanwhile, Lanka Viduli Sevaka Sangamaya General Secretary Ranajn Jayalal said that the Defence Ministry had been using the CEB’s circuit bungalow in Ampara for election purposes.

“The Defence Ministry has booked the bungalow until May 11 and they have so far not made the payments of Rs. 159,000. Usually, CEB does not give anyone the bungalow if they do not make prior payments but in this case they have given it to the Defence Ministry,” he alleged.

“We also received information from our staff in the area that the ministers have taken CEB engineers’ office computers, tables and chairs for election propaganda,” he said.

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