Kick-starting his election campaign in Polonnaruwa last evening, common candidate Maithripala Sirisena warned President Rajapaksa would turn into an oppressive dictator if he is to be voted into a third term.
Addressing the hundreds of masses that had thronged to attend the inaugural rally, Maithripala said his defection from the government was not meant to be a personal attack against Mahinda Rajapaksa or his family.
“Mr. President, this is not a betrayal against you or your family. This is my attempt at attacking the widespread corruption and bribery within the country,” he said.
He went on to state that the government today is attempting to label him as a tiger as a result of the stance he took to stand up against the current regime, although the LTTE had made several attempts to assassinate him.
Defected parliamentarian and former Minister Rajitha Senaratne who also addressed the gathering at the inaugural rally said many more UPFA members will be joining the campaign led by Maithripala Sirisena adding that among them are the Uva provincial councillors.
JHU parliamentarian venerable Athuraliye Rathana thera who also expressed his views said President Rajapaksa will be losing sleep tonight after seeing the crowd that thronged to participate in the inaugural rally and pledge their support to the common Opposition movement.
Meanwhile, the MoU that was signed between Maithripala and the UNP as well as other organisations that have pledged their support to the common Opposition movement will be launched this afternoon in Colombo.