Dec 17 2013, Balapitiya: The common opposition candidate Mr. Maithripala Sirisena has said he wants to enlighten his opponent The current Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, on good governance and democracy. He challenged him for a debate on the subject.
Mr. Maithripala Sirisena was addressing an election rally in Balapitiya Wednesday (17), Sirisena invited the President to participate in the debate on 1st January and said he will debate the issue without any prepared notes.
The opposition candidate pointed out that the two-third mandate the parliament got following the 2010 elections had not been used to pass any bill or law that would benefit the people or for their welfare.
The two-third mandate was used only to pass the 18th Amendment which paved the way for the President to contest for an unprecedented third term, Sirisena noted.
He said the government has spent an enormous amount of public money for the election campaign to reelect the President while the people in the country are struggling to feed themselves three meals a day.
The opposition candidate said that once he is elected within 100 days he will increase the salaries of the public sector and allow them to continue with their lives independently without political interference.
Pointing out that about 2.5 million private sector workers only earn a salary between Rs. 10,000 to 15,000 per month, the former health minister said a new government will make arrangements to increase their salaries and establish a pension system.
Speaking further, Sirisena said the present government has not increased the salaries of the tri forces in the last few years and a new government will provide the benefits they deserve and honor their uniform instead of using them for menial jobs.
He said a new government will introduce a clear policy to resolve the trade union and other worker related problems.
Sirisena pointed out that Sri Lanka has been isolated in international circles due to the appointment of relatives of the President and other cronies of the government as ambassadors in foreign countries. He said a new government will establish friendly relations with every country in the world.