Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, who accused former President Mahinda Rajapaksa of bribing the LTTE at that time, challenged him to prove his innocence if possible.
Addressing an election meeting, Mr. Ranawaka, who is contesting the upcoming election on the UNP ticket, said he would challenge Mr. Rajapaksa to make an announcement on the allegation regarding the bribing of the LTTE with money.
He alleged the Rajapaksas used the ‘white van culture’ to achieve their personal gains and all would be be exposed before the people. he said the people would come to know who was responsible for the disappearance of journalist Pradeep Ekneligoda and the assassination of newspaper editor Lasantha Wickramatunga.
“All will be revealed before the people’s court on August 17,” he said.
The Minister said there were as many as 64,000 slums in the Colombo district and all would be provided with decent habitation. “We will convert Colombo into a commercial hub,” he said.
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“A close relative of Mahinda handed over Rs.700 million to the LTTE in 2005, as a gratification to ensure that Mahinda won the election Poll held that year,” he charged adding that the Tigers former Chief arms procurer Kumaran Pathmanthan who had been given VVIP treatment and protection by the Rajapaksas would also be prosecuted.