Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said the government, after defeating the No Confidence Motion (NCM), can move forward stronger than ever before.
Minister Kariyawasam was participating in the day two of the debate on the No Confidence Motion moved by the JVP against the government.
The Minister said the government took every possible step to curtail the Islamic extremist terrorism following the Easter Sunday carnage. He said the government implemented an extensive programme to bring the economy, tourism and other sectors affected in the incident back to normal.
Minister Kariyawasam said the Opposition is trying to create “a boogeyman” out of the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) and the Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA) for political purposes.
“Opposition members speak as if these are some military agreements. When Gotabhaya Rajapaksa signed the same agreements in 2007, they were silent. When we want to update them, we are wrong. These politicians are taking our people for fools,” Kariyawasam said.
The Minister said Opposition’s political agenda is solely based on racism and religious animosity.
He said the Opposition is criticising the government’s programme to give land deeds to the people because it is politically a disadvantage for them.