JVP Leader, Anura Kumara Dissanayake said the heights of plundering carried out by the Rajapaksas have been made evident by the heaps of cutouts and posters featuring the President that have been put on display all over the city of Colombo.
Parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake addressing their supporters at the party’s inaugural rally for the upcoming Presidential elections said it should be probed as to how the Rajapaksas who were not equipped with enough funds to print posters during the polls in 2005, are now able to print millions of posters and cutouts to be displayed all over the country.
“It was we (JVP) who printed posters on credit for the Rajapaksas in 2005,” he said while adding that today, elections are thought of as festivals by the Rajapaksas.
He also said that the upcoming Presidential polls incur the highest expenditure ever recorded during a poll in Sri Lanka.
“We have received information that two containers full of watches bearing the image of Mahinda Rajapaksa have been imported. Moreover, they have also imported thousands of saris with blue borders and several millions are being channeled into funds that would be distributed among the public in order to bribe the voters,” he said.
Dissanayake went on to state that the people are being bribed by the very money that the Rajapaksas swindled off state resources that were meant to be put for public use.
He also added the Rajapaksas have also made preparations to spread fear throughout the country in order to intimidate voters into supporting them and to oppress dissenting views and the Opposition.
“Houses and buildings have been already bought from various parts of the island to accommodate army soldiers and thugs who would be deployed to carry out the bidding of the Rajapaksas. They come out in the night and instill fear in the hearts of the people,” he added.
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