Gotabaya dismisses claims on missing, rejects UN Resolution

Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Presidential candidate, former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa today dismissed allegations on LTTE cadres who surrendered to the military during the war. Rajapaksa also said that if he becomes President his Government will not recognize the UN Resolution on Sri Lanka which was passed by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in 2015. Gotabaya Rajapaksa hosted his first media conference at the Shangri La Hotel in Colombo today after being nominated as the SLPP Presidential candidate. Asked about the war missing, Rajapaksa said that all…

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Sajith and Gota – A study in contrasts

By Harim Peiris Despite the long presidential ballot paper, the real contest for Sri Lanka’s highest office is between Cabinet Minister, Sajith Premadasa contesting from the UNP led National Democratic Front (NDF), under the swan symbol and his challenger from the opposition, former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, contesting from the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), under their symbol, the lotus bud. One of these two would be declared as the President elect of Sri Lanka on 17th November and take the oath of office shortly thereafter. The most interesting of…

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Presidential Elections: Tamils’ Choice – A Deadly Dilemma!

By Karikalan S. Navaratnam – Karikalan S. Navaratnam There is no need to labour the point why Tamil people reject Gotabaya Rajapaksa outright as persona non grata. That does not imply that the other contenders vying for the Presidency are happily acceptable to the Tamils. On the UNP front, they have decided on Sajith Premadasa as the candidate. Sajith has been out of the blocks even without waiting for the whistle. An Indian daily had even earmarked him as the next President: “The minister-in-attendance who will accompany PM Modi throughout the visit will be none other than 52-year-old Sri Lankan Housing minister, Sajith Premadasa,…

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Exclusive: Gotabaya Rajapaksa Knew Of Abduction Of 11 Youth By Navy

It is now revealed that Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa was fully aware of the rogue elements in Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) that had led to the abduction and disappearance but had not taken any action whatsoever to rein in impunity in the armed forces, the Colombo Telegraph learns. Gotabaya Rajapaksa In a B Report filed before Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court last Wednesday (October 09) based on a statement none other than former Sri Lanka Navy Commander then Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda, Police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) states that investigators…

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Gota Supporters Attack YouTuber Over Video Of Thowheed Jamat’s Abdul Razik Expressing Support For GR

Social media went haywire with a video that went viral of the controversial Ceylon Thowheed Jamath (CTJ) General Secretary Abdul Razik, who was earlier embroiled in an ugly saga over insulting Buddhism, publicly expressed his support to Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Presidential Candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa. During recent proceedings of the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) on Easter Sunday Bombings and other investigations, the name of Abdul Razik was constantly being brought up as being in the payroll of the Ministry of Defence under the aegis of the then Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa.…

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Do You Think The Tamil Ethnic Question Would Ever Be Solved?

By C.V. Wigneswaran – C.V. Wigneswaran Someone asked: Do you think the Tamil Ethnic question would ever be solved and all Sri Lankans could travel along a common path to peace and prosperity?  My response was: Yes of course! The time is ripe now for the resolving of the so called ethnic question. A mystic in Jaffna told me in the 1980s that the Bandaranaike name after SWRD Bandaranaike would last only for 50 years from 1956. By 2006 I believe the name lost its political significance. Chandrika is not Bandaranaike. She…

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Gota, Sajith election promises, freebies, to boost Sri Lanka state spending

ECONOMYNEXT – Promises made by Sri Lanka’s two main contenders for upcoming Presidential elections is set to drive up government spending, as well as debt which has been by successive increases in state sector wages and monetary instability. Gotabaya Rajapaska, from the Sri Lanka Podujana Party kicked off his inaugural rally in Anuradhapura, a farming district. Rajapaksa promised free fertilizer, which is already mostly subsidized, commodity price support and loan sweeping loan write-offs, the cost of which is not known. “We will give a good fixed price for rice in…

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Will lead movement to protect SLFP – CBK

Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga has promised to give leadership to the new movement to protect the Sri Lanka Freedom Party that has arisen after the current leadership signed and alliance with the SLPP.  In a public statement yesterday the Former President called on all SLFPers to use their vote rationally in the forthcoming presidential election. “All efforts should be taken to prevent the attempts by a set of conspirators to destroy the party which has ensured the democratic rights of the people,” Kumaratunga said. The former President has vowed…

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Gotabaya politicising past comment by Army Chief

CMEV to take up with EC issue of Gotabaya politicising past comment by Army Chief October 14, 2019, 10:29 pm By Rathindra Kuruwita The Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV), yesterday, lodged a complaint with the Elections Commission (EC) against Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa for using the image of present Army Commander, Lt. Gen Shavendra Silva and a quote the latter made in 2009 praising the former. National Coordinator of CMEV, Manjula Gajanayake told The Island that they wanted the NEC to make an immediate…

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