Sri Lanka : Illegal Sirisena-Mahinda deal has caused chaos - Ranil

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - United National Party  Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe who maintains that he is still the lawfully elected Prime Minister, says he cannot understand the purported cultural differences that were said to exist between him and President Maithripala Sirisena.

The President during his address to the nation last week to explain why he had appointed Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister in place of Ranil Wickremesinghe, claimed that there were cultural differences between him ( Sirisena ) and Wickremesinghe.

"The only cultural difference I can think of is that President Srisena grew up in rural Polonnaruwa and I in Colombo," Wickremesinghe said pointing out that he was born, bred and educated in Sri Lanka.

‘I studied at the Colombo University and my grandfather and father fostered Buddhist culture and propagated Buddhism. I have been in politics for a long time and associated with people from different backgrounds. I also know journalists (laughs in an obvious reference to President Sirisena claiming he was earlier a journalist). So I cannot understand the President’sreference to cultural differences", he added.

Responding to the other allegations that Sirisena had levelled against him , Wickremesinghe queried why he had suppressed his feelings for several years.

Wickremesinghe said that his purported removal from the office of Prime Minister was the result of a ‘deal’under which Sirisena would appoint Mahinda as Prime Minister and in return Mahinda would campaign for Sirisena at the next Presidential Election.That illegal and unconstitutional deal, he stressed, had led to chaos and instability and ruined a peaceful and stable country.

As regards the alleged assassination plot against President Sirisena , the police had said there was no evidence to that effect , nor was a Cabinet Minister involved, Wickremesinghe noted.

Parliamentarians RajithaSenaratne and Mangala Samaraweera said that no evidence had been produced to prove that DIG Nalaka Silva was involved in a plot to kill Sirisena.

Namal Kumara who posed off as an anti corruption activist was actually a police informant whohad worked in President Sirisena’s office,they noted adding " Namal Kumara was paid Rs.500,000 for some information he provided to the Police. Later he demanded a further Rs.500,000 and when that was not given, he implicated DIG Nalaka Silva in the alleged plot to kill Sirisena."

Senaratne said that DIG Nalaka Silva was a person who had acted against attacks on minorities , especially when extremist Sinhala Buddhist organisations and some members of the Podujana Peramuna assaulted and killed Muslims and destroyed many of their houses and business establishments in Digana and some other parts of Kandy in March this year. His arrest, also appeared to be part of the "Sirisena ena-Mahinda Deal", Senaratne observed.

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