[Election process: corrupt as never before]
UNP MP Ranjith Madduma Bandara says that the Rajapaksa government distributed Rs. 730 Million in cash and goodies during the Uva election to win the voters.
He was speaking during the second reading debate of the Appropriation Bill.
According to the minister, the Government distributed gifts and drought relief due for the last 18 months shortly before the elections to “bribe” voters.
“Using public money worth Rs. 730 million, the Government distributed gifts among the voters in the region. Three days before the election in Uva, the Government distributed Rs. 2,500 for the drought that was there for over 18 months. The total value of the drought relief distributed adds up to Rs. 300 million,” he added, reports Daily FT
Without denying the accusation the Prime Minister responded saying that This is a Government which wants to spend money for the betterment of the general public. The borrowed money is also spent on the public. This is our vision. There are five elections within a period of six months so if the Government helps the public you will accuse us of bribing the people for votes. No other country provides such privileges including health and free education.”