Ranil Wickremesinghe has become the new President of Sri Lanka. He took oath in Colombo on Thursday. The program was being telecast live on government TV. In the meantime, there was a sudden power outage. Due to this, this live broadcast also had to be stopped for some time.
Wickremesinghe was the Prime Minister till Wednesday. Voting took place in the Parliament on the same day for the new President. 73-year-old Ranil has been Prime Minister 6 times. In the 225-member Sri Lankan parliament, Wickremesinghe got 134 votes, while Dulas Alhapparuma, who stood against him, got 82 votes. After this, he took oath on Thursday.
What is the matter,
Wickremesinghe reached Parliament House for the swearing-in ceremony at around 10 am on Thursday. All the members and staff of the Parliament were present during this. The program was being telecast live. According to media reports, the power supply suddenly went off and due to this the live telecast on government TV and other channels came to a halt.
Normally the generators are automatically turned on in 2 minutes, but this time the matter got so bad that even these generators could not be started for 10 minutes. An officer said- We are investigating the matter. This is a case of criminal negligence.
The army said that
the security of the Sri Lankan Parliament did not go out, the Sergeant at Arms Unit is responsible for the security. In reality, it is a unit of the army which gives security to all the important institutions of the country including VVIP and Parliament.
Its in-charge Narendra Fernando said – It is true that the live telecast was stopped during the swearing-in ceremony, but it was not due to power failure or power cut. Here the automatic generators are turned on as soon as the power goes out. There must have been some technical reason for the stoppage of telecast. We are getting it checked.
Electricity from fuel, and there is no fuel
Most of the electricity in Sri Lanka is made from fuel. Due to bankruptcy, there is hardly any fuel in the country. Some supplies are being made from India and other countries, but most of it is being used by the army and emergency services. Many kilometers of lines of common people are outside petrol pumps, but they are not getting petrol or diesel.
On Thursday, ‘Sri Lanka Mirror’ said in a report – Very soon four shipments are reaching Colombo with fuel. We are hopeful that the new government will arrange the fuel even after this. The reason for this is that a large part of the IMF deal is being spent on fuel. There will be no problem with payment