CHP Istanbul Deputy Barış Yarkadaş listed the things that could have been done with the 2 billion TL that was spent for the referendum.
Yarkadaş said, “The government decided to throw away the money they could have used to build seventy hospitals with one hundred beds each.”
CHP Deputy Barış Yarkadaş visited the artisans in Şile where he is continuing his referendum campaign, along with CHP District Head Şecaattin Güney, CHP Deputy Mahmut Tanal and a group of party members.
Warning for ‘one man’ regime
Yarkadaş who asked the Şile residents for their support in the referendum, has said “With one vote, you will protect the republican administration and prevent a one man regime.”
A package for destruction
CHP deputy stated that the referendum package would not only be destructive due to its content, but it would also be an economical burden and said:
“With the new constitution, the intention is to get fifty more Members in to the Parliament. While an MP is active, his monthly economic liability is going to be 50 thousand TL; if he retires this number will increase to 65 thousand. This number will reach 190 million TL within 5 years.
This number doesn’t include the expenses for the additional personnel, the health expenses the MP’s would make after they retire and their superannuations. Instead of getting 50 more MP’s whose duties will be extremely limited under the new constitution, many jobs can be created for thousands of people.”
It is hard to calculate
Yarkadaş stated that the expenditures for the MP’s by the centralized administration is going to reach 250 million TL and said “It is expected that parties would also spend another 250 million TL for rallies and other propaganda efforts. In case ‘Yes’ would prevail in the referendum, it is envisaged that the cost of the unknown number of Ministers as well as deputy presidents would be around 300 million TL.”
‘Government means are not inclusive’
Yarkadaş reminded that these numbers didn’t include the use of planes, cars, buses and other vehicles by the President, Prime Minister and Minister’s as means of the government and said:
“If we add all these numbers together we come up with an huge amount. Does it make sense to burden the public with the expenses? Why is this referendum being imposed upon the public? The cost of a rally to the public, of the President or the Prime Minister is 2 million TL.
It is even harder to calculate the liability that Turkey would face, if the checks and balances mechanisms of democracy such as the state of law, proprietary rights, separation of powers, independence of judiciary or the freedom of press are to be destroyed. Our economy cannot carry this burden. There will be a huge rise in prices after May.”
What else could be done with this money?
Yarkadaş, listed the things that can be done with the amount of money that constitutes the overall expenditures, if incase the package that AKP is imposing on the public is accepted:
20 thousand homes for citizens with smaller incomes…
Raise for retirees and civil servants…
20 thousand job opportunities…
250 elementary schools with 24 classrooms each…
70 hospitals with 100 beds each…
30 thousand entrepreneurs can be granted loans which would create even more jobs to thousands of people.
15 thousand industrialists can be granted loans so that they can expand their companies.