Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa declared yesterday that a new ‘party of the people’ should be formed as an alternative to the Sri Lanka Freedom Party.
Speaking to the media before leaving the Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry, Rajapaksa reminded that a statement by his brother former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, said that the ‘Good Governance’ group had ‘captured’ the SLFP. Therefore, a new ‘party of the people’ should be formed, he added.
Since independence from British SLFP a Sinhala political party frequently used the Racist card and used discrimination on Tamils to gain Sinhala votes to stay in power, last year has joined the UNP to implement a political package giving some rights to the all the minority in the Sri Lanka due to pressure from UN.
Due to loosing power last year, Family members of Rajapaksha who lived like the Royal family members of Sri Lanka have being questioned about their involvement in abductions, assaults, killings and disappearance of Millions of dollars from state institutes. Rajapaksha’s used the Sinhala racist card to stay in power and used China to help them.
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa did many things to display his name throughout the country. International stadiums, airports, harbours and many other things were built to display his name.
It was an open secret in Sri Lanka that during Rajapaksha rule all government contracts had to pay commission to Rajapakahsa family members any one opposing will not survive. Members in Army loyal to Rajapakshas made sure to kill any one opposing the Rajapakshas the list includes leading Journalists, Tamil MP’s, Human Rights activists.
Sri Lankan authorities are investigating a claim that the toppled president’s younger brother ran a “death squad” and ordered a high-profile newspaper editor’s assassination, a police spokesman said Sunday.
Former defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse ordered the hit on Lasantha Wickrematunga in January 2009, ex-public relations minister Mervyn Silva alleged in a formal complaint lodged with police Saturday, the spokesman said. In his complaint, Silva also said Gotabhaya was the “architect of white van abductions”.
Being “white-vanned” became synonymous with abductions in Sri Lanka after dozens of people were abducted in white vans, their dead bodies later dumped by the road. The tactic was widely reported to be used by security forces against opponents during and after the island’s drawn-out Tamil separatist conflict, which ended in May 2009.
Sri Lanka has faced international strictures over its dismal human rights record during the past decade, with rights groups accusing Rajapakse of silencing critics and dissidents, but was strongly supported by China and Pakistan who had supported the Killing of more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians in May 2009.
UN Secretary General Ban ki-moon had said that the best thing which happened last year was the regime change in Sri Lanka.
When it was pointed out to Rajapaksa that some SLFP members had joined the government, he responded by saying that it was merely part of politics and they will come back. Rajapaksha frequently used giving diplomatic positions and gifts of money to buy his opponents, it was once reported that young girls were brought from China and offered as gifts to buy his opponents.