‘Ready To Make Any Sacrifice For People’, Says PM Mahinda Rajapaksa Amid Sri Lanka Crisis

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Highlights:

  • Mahinda Rajapaksa is under intense pressure from within his own Sri Lankan Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) ranks to resign
  • President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, though proposing his resignation had not directly conveyed his wish
  • The protestors demand the entire Rajapaksa family quit politics and return what they alleged stolen assets of the country

On Monday, PM Mahinda Rajapaksa mentioned that he is ready to make “any sacrifice” for the people amid reports that the Sri Lankan Prime Minister may offer to step down. Meanwhile, pressure heightens on the embattled government headed by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to establish an interim administration to tackle the worst economic crisis in the island nation.

Mahinda Rajapaksa is under intense pressure from within his own Sri Lankan Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) ranks to resign. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, though proposing his resignation, had not directly conveyed his wish. The President demands his resignation enabling him to go for a government of national unity, an interim arrangement till the present economic crisis could not be dealt with, according to sources.

During an event at Temple Trees, the official residence of the Prime Minister, as Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna party’s members gathered at his official residence to urge him not to step down, Mahinda Rajapaksa said, “I am ready to make any sacrifice for the people”. Dayasiri Jayasekera, a ruling coalition dissident, voiced, “He may not offer direct resignation. What I feel is he would say I have no responsibility for the present crisis, so no reason for me to resign.”

PM Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Rajapaksa clan strongman, witnessed public wrath on Sunday in the sacred city of Anuradhapura. Reportedly, he was hooted and catcalled by the angry public who were on the streets demanding fuel, cooking gas and a conclusion to power cuts. The protestors demand the entire Rajapaksa family quit politics and return what they alleged stolen assets of the country.

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