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National Movement for Social Justice (NMSJ) Chairman and former President Karu Jayasuriya yesterday urged Sri Lankans to follow Ukraine’s lead and come together to formulate a common minimum agenda to respond to the crisis present in the country.

In a press release, Jayasuriya said the fuel and electricity crises had disrupted people’s daily lives. Economic activities are at a standstill, he said.

“There seems to be a lack of consensus within the government on possible solutions, which further delays the resolution of these many problems. Instead, various parties in government are presenting their own views on the issue, adding to the existing chaos and confusion. The only obvious solution to deal with a catastrophe of this magnitude is to form, at least temporarily, a united national front. However, it can only be built if the government extends the hand of friendship to all other parties involved,” he said.

Jayasuriya added that the National Movement for Social Justice has drawn up a proposal, prepared with the help of local and foreign scholars and scholars under the leadership of Prof. Rohan Samarajiva.

“The majority of the main political leaders who took part in the discussion agreed that these proposals were suitable to be taken up for an initial discussion. There was also a positive response from religious leaders and civil society. It should be noted that several members of the ruling party have also expressed interest. The next few days of the week will be devoted to a public debate entitled “A minimal common program to respond to the current crisis in Sri Lanka”. We then intend to present a national resolution to the country after including proposals from various backgrounds,” he said.

Here are excerpts from the press release: “Despite these facts, the government should take immediate action to alleviate the suffering of the people. Immediate solutions must be made to the problems of transport and electricity. The CEB can easily restore power. If railways and bus services collapse, the whole country will come to a standstill.

“It should be noted that the state apparatus continually fails to make decisions based on a single point of view and instead issues statements expressing diverse opinions and decisions leading to more chaos. For example, the President, Minister of Finance, Governor of the Central Bank, the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) and the Ceylon Electricity Board all express different views on fuel supply these days. this. It would be a relief for people and allow them to plan their work around power cuts

“If they can stick to an appropriate schedule for power outages in a specific area instead of announcing a long period in which they can experience many power outages, that would be a relief for people. and allow them to plan their work accordingly.

“During this harvest season, the suffering of farmers due to the lack of diesel is evident through the media. Their grievances are heartbreaking. There is also a serious shortage of medicines in the country. It is a dangerous situation.

“Our people are beset not only by shortages of essential items, but also by soaring prices. In January alone, food inflation rose 24%. The main reason for this is excessive money printing.

“The government must be flexible and take the lead in saving the country with everyone’s support. We believe that the opposition leaders will cooperate and act responsibly. However, their support can be won not by summoning political dissidents to the BMICH and fighting back through presidential commissions, but by initiating mutual cooperation.

“It is the government’s duty to win their trust. Engaging in political revenge but telling people they abide by the One Country, One Law policy only to flagrantly violate it will not invoke their trust. It must be understood that the people do not approve of this government process.

“Governments that come to power with a large majority must keep in mind that they are the guardians of a country and not its owners who are in fact the people of the country. The mandate entrusted to it by the people should therefore not be considered as an arbitrary power. It should also be noted that the people, who are the real owners of the government, will not allow such arbitrary acts.

“In the last presidential election, Gotabaya Rajapaksa won 6,900,000 votes while at least 6,200,000 votes were against him. Therefore, the government should have realized that introducing any constitutional amendment or drafting the constitution that would suit its political agenda and not the country, like the 20th Amendment, would only lead to the deterioration of itself. same and of the country.

“The position of the National Social Justice Movement is that under the 20th Amendment, Sri Lanka will no longer be a free country. This will lead Sri Lanka to a new feudal system and plunge this country into a severe political and economic recession.

Alvin J. Chase