There is absolutely no foreign conspiracy behind my coming forward to contest at the upcoming Presidential polls as the common candidate, SLFP stalwart Maithripala Sirisena said today during a TV program, as he refuted the allegations leveled against him by government ministers this evening.
Sirisena who was the general secretary of the SLFP responding to the allegations leveled against him by his peers in the party said, “If I am a result of a conspiracy, is everyone else who is associated with the common opposition including Rathana thera and the JHU part of this foreign conspiracy as well? These are nothing but blatant lies that are being spewed by the government to suppress the people’s will.” He made these remarks during the Satana program aired on Sirasa TV a short while ago, which was blocked from being telecasted on Dialog and PEO TV until the program concluded.
Sirisena however said that it should be always remembered that the people’s power trumps state power and that attempts to suppress the people’s will has and will never succeed.
He also added that it is ironic that his political comrades including ministers Nimal Siripala de Silva, Susil Premajayantha and Dullas Alahapperuma should criticize his courage to walk out of the government, when they themselves have approached him on countless occasions to share their woes of being sidelined by the President and of the unnecessary interventions into their ministries.
During the discussion, Sirisena also spoke about the manner in which President Rajapaksa sought to oust the Bandaranaike name from the SLFP as well as the principles envisioned by the Bandaranaikes. “As soon as he was elected as President, he instructed me to refrain from mentioning the names of SWRD Bandaranaike or Mrs. Bandaranaike during party events. That was the starting point of the erosion of the SLFP,” he said.
Speaking further he said that he has put not just his life but also the lives of his family on the line in order to ensure the people’s will is upheld and that democracy and good governance is reinstated in the country. He also pledged to establish complete media freedom, religious reconciliation and introduce the national government concept into the governance system of the country.
“I will bring the vision of SWRD Bandaranaike back to life on January 8, 2015,” he added.
Meanwhile, former Fisheries Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne who also participated in the discussion today said that it is the interventions that are being made by the relatives and family members of President Rajapaksa that has led to the present plight and is systematically resulting in his downfall.
He said that various unnecessary interventions are being made by the President and his family members into the Ministries that presently, the board of Ministers exist solely to listen and follow their orders.
JHU front-liner venerable Athuraliye Rathana thera and JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake were also present at the discussion during which Dissanayake stated, “If the people fail to defeat the insane dictatorship of Mahinda Rajapaksa at this point, there will be no turning back for Sri Lanka.”