- Don’t throw stones from glass houses
- Those who left the party were always doomed
- Chandrika promised to scrap EP but ruled for 11 years
President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Saturday warned party-men who betray and cross to the opposition not to throw stones while living in glass houses.
“I have their files and documents which will be very detrimental to their well being. I will not use them against those who had left betraying the party, but I warn them not to throw stones from inside glass houses,” he said.
The President said from the time of Aluvihare, SLFP party secretaries had betrayed, left and crossed to the Opposition.
“Today we have with us some who had returned to the fold and others who never returned. Their future was doomed.” President Rajapaksa made these remarks at a ceremony held to vest in the people Senehase Pivisuma, the 101 km renovated Anuradhapura-Trincomalee A-12 road. President Rajapaksa said the door of the SLFP was like a saloon door.
“Those wanting to leave the party could go out and those willing to enter could also enter through that door. But remember that whoever goes will have to return to me when they have lost their way,” he said.
Addressing those present at the ceremony, the President said a certain individual has promised to scrap the Executive Presidency within 100 days and give the Premiership to Ranil Wickremesinghe. He posed the question to those present wanting to know whether those who indulge in betrayal and back stabbing, could ever run or administer a country.
“Of course those who stab behind the back are capable of doing anything,” the President said.
Making reference to former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, President Rajapaksa observed that she was the one who turned her back on her mother, then SLFP leader Sirimavo Bandaranaike and formed her own political Party the Bahujana Nidahas Peramuna.
“But like S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike and Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Mahinda Rajapaksa remained faithful to the party,” he said. The President also said both Ranil and Chandrika were a party to the agreement with the Norwegian government. She also entered into an agreement with the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), he said.
“She said that she would scrap the Executive Presidency. She ruled the county for 11 years. But she did not scrap it and the JVP left the government as she was about to betray the country,” the President said. “She is talking of good governance, democracy and media freedom today. We know her democracy and we know her media freedom. That may be the reason to write a book about under the title Chaura Regina,” President Rajapaksa said.
“The SLFP General Secretary who betrayed the party speaks about media freedom. He was the person who blasted the press for reporting about what transpired at Pasikuda involving his son. It is natural to feel hurt when something happens to one’s own son. But it is not correct to point his finger at others,” the President added.
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