A visibly irked President Mahinda Rajapaksa last night said that he is in possession of ‘files’ on all those who defected from the government last Friday in support of former Minister Maithripala Sirisena‘s candidacy as the common candidate at the upcoming presidential polls.
Commenting on the Ministers and MPs who left his government, President Rajapaksa yesterday in Anuradhapura, said, “They should not be throwing stones from inside glass houses. I have details about them all and also ‘files’ containing certain information about them. But I will not use them because I am not that type of a person – I do not seek revenge.”
He added that he is not the first person to be betrayed in this manner and pointed that giants of the SLFP including Sirima Bandaranaike had to face similar disappointments from those closest to her in her political career including her daughter, former president Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga.
“CBK mocked Mrs. Bandaranaike, defected and formed her own political party. So people just come and go but unlike others, I never left the party or abandoned it at any point,” he said adding that it is he who worked hard into increasing the number of SLFP MPs from 57 to 127 in the parliament after CBK left.
President Rajapaksa also added that he has always maintained that in his government, anyone is free to join and leave as they please.
“The doors of my government are like salon doors and they will continue to be so. Those who left will have no future but those who remain and join, will benefit well,” he added.