Alibaba Mahinda and 40 thieves

The efforts of the Joint Opposition are no more different then “Alibaba and 40 thieves”, Minister Vijith Vijithamuni Soysa says. The observation was made while he was speaking to reporters in Colombo on Wednesday (03).

He also went on to say that protest marches of this manner were organized in past demanding either good governance or democracy, but one of a main slogans of Monday’s march was to demand the presidency.

“In a bid to make the father President again, son goes on protest marches,” he added.

Soysa also pointed out that the move of the Joint Opposition showed their eager to achieve personal gains, but not to support for the sake of people. –

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Don’t use children for political gain– NCPA

The National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) has asked all political parties to refrain from using children for political agendas as this impacted very damagingly on a child’s mental and spiritual growth.
This message comes from the NCPA is following the incident in which a child participating in the Joint Opposition Pada Yatra was holding a banner that carried a questionable message on it.

NCPA’s Manager Planning and Information Ediriweera Gunasekara said “We received a letter via the Police from a non- government organization regarding this incident. We are conducting investigations into it.”
“However, we would like to ask all political parties and everyone else to refrain from using children in politics,” he said, adding that “this message is not meant for the Joint Opposition only but for all those involved in politics.”
Asked for comments on the issue MP Wimal Weerawansa said “That child was merely expressing an opinion. As far as we know, this is not a wrong thing to do. Besides, the person mentioned in the banner is probably someone the child knew.”