|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
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
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
“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
“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
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.