Feb 28, 2018

Maithri plans to appoint Gota as the PM – Bimal Featured

The JVP accuses president Maithripala Sirisena of planning to run for presidency again after appointing ex-defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa as the prime minister.

National organizer of the party Bimal Ratnayake has told 'BBC Sandeshaya' that that was why the president wanted to see Ranil Wickremesinghe ousted as the premier.

It was clearly evident by the president’s conduct at the recent local government polls what his ‘internal political requirement’ were, said Ratnayake.

The JVP national organizer said president Sirisena would not abolish the executive presidency either, and at the next presidential polls, he would need the support of a Rajapaksa family member, other than Mahinda.

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President wants support of a Rajapaksa family member other than Mahinda

However, when inquired by journalists upon his return from the US, Gotabhaya said he could not accept the premiership because he was a US citizen.

A tragi-comedy
Commenting on the recent cabinet reshuffle, Ratnayake said that the entire conduct of the government in the past three years was a ‘tragi-comedy.’

Giving the law and order ministry to the PM temporarily will not change anything, he noted.

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Both president, PM are protecting the Rajapaksa family

It was not Sagala Ratnayake’s fault alone that the government had failed to act against the corrupt as per the mandate given it by the people, he said.

The PM clearly restricted legal proceedings against the Rajapaksa family as he wanted to keep the SLFP divided.

Pointing out that even the UN commissioner for human rights had noted the Sri Lankan judiciary’s double-standards, Ratnayake said both the president and the PM were protecting ‘selected members’ of the Rajapaksa family for their future planning.