The then Rajapaksa confidante Sajin Vaas Gunawardena says that Rs. 480 million had been given to Velupillai Prabhakaran to secure victory for Mahinda Rajapaksa at the 2005 presidential election.
Addressing a public meeting in Galle, he gesticulated, showing his hands and said it was him who had handed over the money on Rajapaksa’s behalf.
Gunawardena ridiculed claims by the SLPP that the government was making deals to win votes in the northern and eastern provinces.
But, it was Mahinda Rajapaksa who gave money to the LTTE leader to get voters in the two provinces to boycott the election and ensure his victory, he said.