Colombo Telegraph is now in a position to reveal that President Maithripala Sirisena has ‘bribed’ Democratic People’s Front Leader Minister Mano Ganesan with Police Special Task Force (STF) security.
The President has given the order to IGP Pujith Jayaundara in an attempt to entice the Minister to support the Sri Lanka Freedom Party at the Colombo Municipal Council election.
According to election regulations, offering goods, money, perks, positions and privileges in the run-up to an election, based on decisions made during the election period, can be considered a bribe.
The Police Special Task Force security is a privilege enjoyed by only a handful of members of the ruling alliance.
The move comes in the wake of a minor fallout between Ganesan and the United National Party over nominations for the Colombo District. Party sources said the differences were mainly between Ganesan and former Minister Ravi Karunanayake, a UNP stalwart in the Colombo district.
“After the disagreement happened, the President saw an opening. He immediately ordered STF security for Ganesan and opened up a channel of communication with him,” a well-informed source from the Presidential Secretariat told Colombo Telegraph.
However, Ganesan has still not explicitly pledged his support to either of parties.
“He will now bargain with both parties. The President’s gesture will stregthen his bargaining power,” a spokesman close to Ganesan said.