Sinhalese continue to oppose American projects

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The Ceylon Electricity Board and Ceylon Petroleum Corporation jointly staged a protest outside the Ceylon Electricity Board head office against the agreement signed with the US Company with the  Kerawalapitiya Power Plant.

Meantime, two separate court cases were filed against US firm, the Samagi Jana Balavegaya filed a Fundamental Rights (FR) petition before the Supreme Court against the transfer of shares of Yugadanavi LNG Power Plant at Keralawalapitiya on last month.

The SJB named the Cabinet of Ministers, the West Coast Power Limited – the owner of 310 MW Yugadanavi Power Plant at Kerawalapitiya, US firm New Fortress Energy, the Attorney General and several others as respondents.

Meanwhile, another case was filed by Ven. Bengamuwe Nalaka Thera, Dr. Gunadasa Amarasekara and Dr. Wasantha Bandara.

They too have named the Cabinet of Ministers including Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa as respondents in the petition.

They have said that the decision taken by the Cabinet to transfer the shares of Yugadanavi power plant to New Fortress Energy was unlawful and therefore requested the court to issue a writ order quashing the decision.

So far three petitions have been filed challenging the Yugadanavi power plant deal. On Monday (18), the Archbishop of Colombo His Eminence Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith and Venerable Elle Gunawansa Thera filed a fundamental rights petition before the Supreme Court.

Sri Lankan government signed many agreements with Chinese and Indian companies but Singala people do not stage any protest for those agreements but they are only against western allies.

A similar event happened to the Millennium Challenge agreement, which was signed by Sri Lanka and the USA. Sinhalese people staged many protests and filed court cases against the agreement, thereafter, in December 2020, the Board of Directors discontinued the $480 million Compact with the Government of Sri Lanka.

Political analyst suspect that the China and India may be behind these protests with the help of Sri Lankan government.

 

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