Why does former President Maithripala Sirisena stage protests against paddy mafia when all the culprits behind controlling paddy trade are in Polonnaruwa, All Ceylon Farmers Federation Convener Namal Karunaratne questioned.
While at an event yesterday, he said former president’s brother is one of the main figure who leads the paddy mafia lives in Polonnaruwa.
Sirisena supported this government to remain in power, and the incumbent agriculture minister represents his party, the SLFP.
“As all those who are involved in the paddy mafia are based in Polonnaruwa. It is much easy to solve this issue. This is the government which is created by them. Alhough Mr. Sirisena is not in this government, the current Agriculture Minister, Mahinda Amaraweera, is one of his party leaders. There is nothing to say more. See how many members of his party are in this government?” he raised a question.
So holding placards during picketing is absurd. You have become a laughing stock of not only the farmers, the entire citizenry, especially the youth, Karunaratne said.