Gotabaya Rajapaksa has described the statements made on the election night coup that was being planned by the Rajapaksas on the brink of their defeat, as ‘false and baseless’.
The former Secretary to the Ministry of Defence has denied the formulation of a plan to subvert the democratic process and the election outcome using the military and his involvement in any such attempt, while stating that the allegations are simply being made to discredit his brother Mahinda Rajapaksa.
He has gone on to state it is a result of a political witch-hunt, because the former President’s early departure from Temple Trees even before the release of election results concluded, has made it evident that no such attempt to tamper with the election results was being planned.
Gotabaya had made these remarks to Daily Mirror today while also stating that there was no possibility of such a ‘secret’ discussion to take place that night since the Temple Trees premises was flooded with supporters of MR.
He had however admitted that the Attorney General and the three service commanders were summoned to Temple Trees but had stated that it was to discuss the security arrangements with concern to maintaining law and order as they were concerned of certain statements made by the then Opposition that had claimed that Temple Trees would be surrounded.