While accusing the government of doing politics of vendetta against him and his family, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that he would not quit politics even if his entire family is imprisoned.
Addressing the public rally organised by the ‘Joint Opposition’ at Hyde Park in Colombo, Rajapaksa also accused the government of trying to pin the blame on him for the current economic woes faced by the country. Addressing the rally where over 40 UPFA parliamentarians attended, including around 30 SLFP party members, Rajapaksa said: “Despite difficulties my government never curtailed subsidies and other welfare measures enjoyed by the people or development”.
The UPFA Kurunegala district MP said he was being blamed for taking excessive loans and secret loans that have not been recorded. “If there are no records, then why pay them?” he questioned.
Rajapaksa said his son Yoshitha was in prison for 46 days and added that there were now attempts to arrest his eldest son Namal.
Identifying this as a political witch hunt, the former President added that if the intention is to sideline him from politics that this was not going to happen. He reiterated that he will continue to engage in politics while adding that he was doing so on the people’s request and their behalf.
Parliamentarians Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Rohitha Abeygunewardene, Gamini Lokuge, Udaya Gammanpila, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Bandula Gunewardene, Kumara Welgama, Wimal Weerawansa, Dinesh Gunewardene, union leader Piyadasa, lecturer Mahinda Pathirana, female singer Neela Wickremasinghe, Ven. Galagamuwe Dhammaransi Thera, former JVP leader Somawansa Amerasinghe, Provincial Council member Asanka Navaratne, Raja Collure, Tissa Vitarana and former Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva.
(Source: Daily News – By Kamal Jayamanna)