Common candidate Maithripala Sirisena has stated that a significant number of Ministers in the Rajapaksa regime own ethanol permits and it is the reason why they wish for President Rajapaksa to be re-elected.
“This is why they wish for MR to be re-elected and for the Rajapaksa regime to continue because a change of government would mean the end of their drug rackets,” he said.
However, he had also added that a faction of Ministers are also working to sabotage Mahinda Rajapaksa’s election campaign while remaining within the government.
“No other government has plundered the country in this way. Even those who are still part of the government realize it. That is why, despite remaining with the Rajapaksa regime theya re actively working towards sabotaging MR’s election campaign,” he said.