The parties that have pledged their support to the common opposition movement are not too happy about former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga‘s active role in the campaign and have expressed their wish for her to stay out of it, Colombo Telegraph reliably learns.
According to sources, the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) has threatened to boycott their presence in the campaign with effect from today unless CBK decides to step down from her current ‘active role’ in the campaign. It has been noted that JHU frontliner Champika Ranawaka was extremely upset over the comment that was made by CBK on Tuesday in Horagolla when Maithripala Sirisena visited her parents’ memorial monuments.
In retaliation to President Rajapaksa‘s comment about possessing ‘files’ of defected Ministers, she had told the reporters, “I know Mahinda was talking about exposing the files of the break-away members. He has plundered state resources and now blames foreign conspiracies for the present plight. We will expose all the ‘files’ on Mahinda, his brothers and sons when we come into power after this election.”
Even some of the UNP leaders had been distressed by this comment of hers and have sided with JHU in their dislike of CBK being involved in the campaign, pointing out they do not wish to engage in a hate campaign.
Meanwhile, Colombo Telegraph also learns that the book written by Senior journalist and Editor Victor Ivan titled ‘Chaura Rajina’ (The Queen of Deceit) that shed light on CBK’s actions when she was in power has been used as fodder to fuel the mud-slinging campaign that has been initiated by the Rajapaksa regime against those involved in the common opposition movement. The initial plan had been to publish the book in parts in Sinhala newspapers. But due to restrictions owing to copyright issues, plans have been laid to broadcast the book chapter by chapter through state media. An individual named Raja Dharmapala (who had been a former monk) and SLBC Chairman Hudson Samarasinghe are due to carry out the programs featuring the books on special programs aired in SLBC and SLRC.
Among the other reasons that has led to some members of the common opposition movement objecting to her role in the campaign has been the corruption charges levelled against her since she was even fined for corruption in the Water’s Edge verdict in which she was convicted of corruption and fined Rs. 3 million by the Supreme Court.