Mahinda Rajapaksa criticised the government last evening for signing agreements with the U.S. ‘in secret’, when it is no different to what his brother Gotabaya Rajapaksa did in 2007 with the Acquisition and Cross Services Agreement (ACSA) signing with the U.S.
“If agreements are going to be signed with foreign nations, they have to be tabled before the Parliament in order to inquire people’s mandate on them before signing them…Without following the due process, signing such agreements ‘in secret’ is wrong,” he told the media at the Mahaweli Center this evening, responding to a question directed at him on the Status of Forces Agreement and ACSA with the U.S.
Mahinda also remained tight lipped about the SLPP candidate at the upcoming Presidential polls even though members of the Joint Opposition including frontliner Prasanna Ranatunga have openly confirmed it is going to be Gotabhaya.
Colombo Telegraph also reliably learns that Mahinda Rajapakasa’s sons have confirmed with several groups that it will be a ‘GR campaign’ at the upcoming election, in a bid to consolidate support for their uncle.
Mahinda however says he is ‘still looking’ and said he will continue to contemplate on who the best choice will be, until August 10.
“So far I have received five names for consideration. I will decide on the SLPP choice upon considering the public support for each candidate as well,” he added.