President Mahinda Rajapaksa called UNP National List Legislator Harsha De Silva today, to express his regrets for a campaign of vilification against the Opposition Member by the state owned ITN, Colombo Telegraph learns.
ITN has recently launched a series of attacks on UNP National List MP and Kotte Organiser Dr. Harsha Silva, for resting his arm over the shoulder of a Buddhist monk during last Wednesday’s Enough is Enough protest in Colombo.
President Rajapaksa is reported to have claimed that the campaign had been unfair since the incident could have happened to anyone. He told de Silva that if necessary an explanation and apology could have been made.
De Silva thanked him for the concern and informed the President that of his own accord he had given ITN an explanation and offered an apology to any one who may have been offended.
The President was surprised that ITN had not carried it and said he will take necessary action, he laughingly told Harsha to take it easy, Colombo Telegraph learns.
Subsequently, SLBC Chairman Hudson Samarasinghe called De Silva during his morning show and said the President had called him and asked him to call the UNP MP and give him an opportunity to explain what happened.