People will consign Mahinda to the dustbin

People will consign MR to the dustbin: Navin

President Chandrika KumaratungeIn a response to former president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s speech today, Tourism and Sports Minister Navin Dissanayake said people would reject Mr. Rajapaksa and consign him into the dustbin of history.

The minister in a message posted in his Facebook page said  the speech was an old tape and was nothing new for the people. “Mahinda same old stuff…old tape…nothing new for the people…people will put you in dustbin of history…sad to see you fall step by step like this…,” the post said.

MR not party leader so can say anything: CBK

Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge commenting on her successor Mahinda Rajapaksa’s speech at Medamulana today said he could say anything he wished because he was not the party leader.

She expressed these views to journalists who were outside the Minuwangoda Hospital which was inspected by her. When asked if she would contest the general election, she said it was not the ideal place to comment on the issue.

If MR can contest, so can I: CBK

If former president Mahinda Rajapaksa was given nomination to contest the next general election, former president Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga would also contest the election,said her private secretary P. Dissanayake in a statement.

The statement added that Chandrika Kumaratunga had a right to contest the election if Mahinda Rajapaksa contested.

MR’s return to politics not a worry: Ven. Rathana Thera 

The National Council for a Better Tomorrow Chairman Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera said today they would not be worried if former president Mahinda Rajapaksa returned to politics by contesting at the general elections.

He told a media briefing at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute that the only problem they had was the party through which Mr. Rajapaksa would contest.

“It is not important if he contests or not. We have no intention of teaming up with politicians accused of being thugs, drug dealers, ethanol importers and rapists. We will have nothing to do with the former president if he intends working with the same set of corrupt politicians who were with him till his downfall. We are keeping on the political developments,” the Thera said