The threats would only be directed to the formation of new parties, former president Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday.
Addressing the 19th commemoration of All Island Samurdhi Development and Agricultural Research Production Assistant Officers Society, Mr. Rajapaksa said each and every person had the right to form political parties.
“No force can stop the formation of political parties. It is a normal procedure. There should be enough independence within the country to form new parties. Each person should have its independence to take decisions,” he added.
He said the threats would not affect such moves and they would only motivate somebody to form a new party.
“Political thinking of persons cannot be concealed by a threat or any other force. Taking into remand custody will also not affect some one’s political life,” he added.
He said there were no president in the Sri Lankan history who made such a statement and only former president Ranasinghe Premadasa made such a statement in the latter period of his regime.
He said he would not prefer to continue these discussions further as he has no concern for hatred and envy in his political life.
Meanwhile, he said now the UNP and the SLFP had been combined under the Government’s pretext to safeguard the democracy in the country.
“The UNP and SLFP have come to an agreement for two years to work together and now it has extended up to five years. Some politicians declare that they would rule the country in the same manner even after the five years,” he added.
He said the policies and the principles of these two parties were completely different. He also said if the Government had wished to use the current procedure even in the future, they would have to dissolve both the parties and form a new party.
“If not the SLPFers who are in favour of the UNP have to recruit in to it and the SLFP should be hand over to the ones who are in favour of it” he added. (Kalathma Jayawardhane)
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Comments - 17
BR Tuesday, 23 August 2016 11:29 AM
But now where is the new party?Not a word on that.Did you take your supporters for a ride?
B S Perera Tuesday, 23 August 2016 11:39 AM
Motivate to do what? Murder, corruption....?
Silva Tuesday, 23 August 2016 12:04 PM
Nice to know that you still have some active spirit ! but unfortunately you had the most brightest opportunity to lead this country to prosperity after winning the war ! I too had voted for you ! but you and your people around you dug the grave for you, so now its time to say good bye and rip !
daily boru Tuesday, 23 August 2016 12:09 PM
what about hidden stolen money? Doesn't it inspire you?
kau Tuesday, 23 August 2016 12:10 PM
perera so My3 and RW are walking with clean men via DM Android App
dham Tuesday, 23 August 2016 01:17 PM
In second term u got prime opertunity for build the country but capitalsed that with your family with friends. via DM Android App
ananda Tuesday, 23 August 2016 02:11 PM
We hope this government will continue beyond 5years with development and economic gains to prosperity. via DM Android App
Mel Tuesday, 23 August 2016 03:42 AM
According to this fellow criminals should be allowed to go free. People in SL know who you and your family is. You can roll up you 'motivation' and jam it where ever you want.
Jeff Tuesday, 23 August 2016 04:13 AM
Soon after President's speech, you told that MY3's speech is not applicable to you because you have no intention to form a new party??? Bayavuna vage
Daya Tuesday, 23 August 2016 05:18 AM
oops Tuesday, 23 August 2016 05:36 AM
Poor translation child. How about taking a 'refresher' course?
tony Tuesday, 23 August 2016 05:49 AM
you can form parties. But who will vote for a group of rouges?
Ryan Hudson Tuesday, 23 August 2016 08:11 AM
You are the only politician who walked the talk in Sri Lanka.
jolly bird Wednesday, 24 August 2016 03:19 PM
Motivation seen on the FACE. via DM Android App
malli Tuesday, 23 August 2016 10:18 AM
So go ahead and make the new political party and take rest of the goons with you please.
Wewala Tuesday, 23 August 2016 10:24 AM
PERERA Tuesday, 23 August 2016 10:26 AM
and he also walked with a bunch of idiots, murderers and fraudsters and thieves
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