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Cannot blame LIOC for the shortage: PM

While saying that the current petrol crisis will be probed as to who caused it, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today he could not agree with the criticism heaped on the Lanka Indian Oil Company (LIOC) for the crisis.

The Prime Minister was referring to a statement made by Chief Opposition Whip Anura Kumara Dissanayake and joint opposition parliamentary group leader Dinesh Gunawardene who earlier said the petrol shortage would not have taken place if LIOC was not allowed to get involved in the fuel distribution of the country.

The Premier said the current crisis was probably caused by others and that it would be probed.

“The fuel supply was maintained to some extent during the recent strike action launched by petroleum workers, thanks to the LIOC,” the Prime Minister said.

He said oil tanks in Trincomalee were given to LIOC because CPC was not able to make use of it for a long time due to the lack of financial resources.

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