President Rajapaksa has said that former general secretary of the UNP, Tissa Attanayake who joined the government earlier this week is a ‘gentleman’ since his defection from the UNP was carried out courteously.
Addressing a meeting held in Narahenpita yesterday for SLFP-ers who were elected to local government institutions and provincial councils since 1991, President had said that when Attanayake expressed interest in joining the government, he asked him to immediately announce it through a press conference within the day.
“He refused and said he needed time. He joined us only after he duly handed his resignation and informed his party members of the decision he made and the reasons behind it. That is gentlemanly behavior. . . Tissa is not the type of person who eats hoppers in the night and stabs you in the back the next day,” he has stated.
The President had also said that throughout history, the SLFP has continuously been betrayed and that all its General Secretaries except for four have left the party.
“I did say this party is a like a saloon door but once you join us, it’s the end of the road. However, it must be noted that we will not collapse because some choose to leave and neither will we take pride in anyone joining us,” he had stated furthermore.