Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga while urging former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to refrain from creating issues in the country and within the SLFP however said, if he insists on stirring troubles, she too is ready to accept the challenge.
“I am not talking alone; I am saying this as a senior SLFP-er. . . This is the third time that he is attempting to destroy the party. The first time he attempted to break up the party when ex-president JR Jayewardene stripped Sirimavo Bandaranaike of civic rights. He went around the country trying to gain support for his call to oust her from the party leadership. The second attempt was in 2001 and this is the third time,” she said last night in an interview with Sirasa TV.
She pointed out that before MR, all other Presidents of Sri Lanka retired while he is the first President in history to be voted out by the masses.
“During my tenure, many told me to create provisions that would enable me to re-contest. . . But I respect the democratic processes and stepped down so that someone else could get the chance. I took MR by his hand and sat him down in the President’s seat,” she added.
CBK urged the SLFP supporters to be well aware of the troubles that MR is attempting to create.
“His family and he have plundered this country and those charges can be proven. We are in the process of gathering evidence regarding these charges so that we can present them before a court. . .The Presidential Secretariat, which during my tenure, ran on a staff of just 283 had increased to a total 1600 officials during his term – most of them were his relatives who would come that way only on the pay day to collect their salaries,” she said.
Speaking further she urged him to think about the country and refrain from stirring troubles.
“I urge him to take pointers from the Presidents before him. . . If he even has an ounce of love for this country, I request him to please stay away (ගියා නම් ගිහිල්ලා පැත්තකට වෙලා ඉන්න).”