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Tilvin Silva

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has charged that the government was focused on pleasing India rather than looking at the interest of the people.

General Secretary of JVP, Tilvin Silva claimed that the Government’s motive of pleasing India was clearly visible due to the steps taken to sign a trade and technical agreement with the country in place of the controversial Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA).

He stated that the government was compelled to give up on CEPA due to public pressure.

Silva also said the government had no plans to reduce the fuel price even in a situation where the price of crude oil had reduced remarkably. “It has allowed the Lanka Indian Oil Company (LIOC), the Indian-owned fuel company operating in Sri Lanka to earn millions of Sri Lankans’ money,” he added.

He also pointed out that according to the current fuel prices in the world market, the government could sell one litre of petrol for Rs. 52 and a litre of diesel for Rs 42. He charged that not only the government earned huge profits, but also allowed foreign companies to make undue profits.