Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) member and United National Front for Good Governance Parliamentary candidate Champika Ranawaka says he is ready to expose former President Mahinda Rajapaksa on some deals he had allegedly made with the LTTE through South Africa.
Speaking at a media briefing today, Ranawaka also challenged Rajapaksa to face him in an open debate on claims Rajapaksa never gave funds to the LTTE.
Ranawaka said that Rajapaksa is already under investigation over funds diverted to the LTTE through the Reconstruction and Development Agency (RADA).
Rajapaksa had today denied allegations that he had given the LTTE money in 2005 in order to win the then Presidential election.
In 2005 the LTTE had prevented the people from taking part in the elections, which allowed Rajapaksa to win with the support of the Sinhala votes in the South.
Rajapaksa said that if he had given money to the LTTE he would not have taken much efforts to try to defeat them. He said that if LTTE leader Vellupillai Prabakaran was alive today he would ask him if the story was really true. “Prabakaran had said this story. I would like to ask him if it is true. But he is not alive today,” Rajapaksa said at a media briefing. The former President also said that it was no secret who gave arms to the LTTE to defeat the Indian peacekeeping force and who really funded the LTTE.
Ranawaka meanwhile insisted that there is no chance of the LTTE regrouping in Sri Lanka and that the security forces will ensure the security of the country.
He said that this assurance has also been given in the policy statement of the United National Front for Good Governance. (Colombo Gazette)