General Secretary of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna, Tilvin Silva has accused Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa of striking a deal in an effort to safeguard the former first family and extended family from serious legal action against corrupt deals carried out during the former President’s tenure.
Silva claimed that the best ‘deal’ under the current government is between Wickremesinghe and Rajapaksa, where they have both come to an understanding that, while Wickremesinghe will safeguard the Rajapaksa family from serious legal action, all Rajapaksa has to do is to sit out of crucial votes in Parliament.
“The agreement is that whenever there is a crucial vote in Parliament, Mahinda will not be in Parliament to vote against the Government, this is obvious when we take the budget vote and the no confidence vote against Finance Minister, because Mahinda was a visible absentee at both instances, which were crucial events. This is because he has to save the grandsons, the grandmother and everyone else in his family, so instead of voting against the government, he is being absent,” Silva said.
“So according to the deal, Wickremesinghe will safeguard the Rajapaksa family while Mahinda will sit out of all the crucial votes taken up in parliament,” he added.