Sri Lanka main opposition offers support to govt

The main opposition in Sri Lanka, the UNP has pledged conditional support to the Mahinda Rajapaksa government.

Last Updated: Apr 03, 2011, 22:30 PM IST

Colombo: The main opposition in Sri
Lanka, the UNP has pledged conditional support to the Mahinda
Rajapaksa government over the issue of raising wages for
public servants, including armed forces personnel.

"We are ready to give our fullest support to the
government if the government increased the salaries of the
public servants before June," opposition leader Ranil
Wickremesinghe said.

Wickremesinghe said in Passara that the salary
increase should include government servants and armed forces,
police and corporations as well.

Wickremesinghe retained his leadership last month
after a bruising battle with the challenger Sajith Premadasa
who backed down later to become Wickremesinghe`s deputy
leader.

The UNP has been pressing the government to keep a
pledge for a public service pay hike given by the incumbent
president Mahinda Rajapaksa during the presidential election
of January 2010.

However the support of Wickremesinghe`s depleted
opposition means nothing for Rajapaksa as he enjoys two thirds
parliamentary support enabling him to have unfettered control
of the legislature.

PTI