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We should respect others’ opinions and rectify our mistakes: MR

31 March 2015 04:20 pm - 21     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa attending a function held at Abhayaramaya temple in Narahenpita said today that one should respect others’ opinions and rectify one’s mistakes.

Mr. Rajapaksa expressed these views after attending the function to launch the book titled “Mahaweera Wansaya” written by professor Raja Dharmapala.

The dialogue with the former president went as follows:

Q. Former Minister Wimal Weerawansa has said that it was Basil Rajapaksa who should be held responsible for your defeat.

A. That is his opinion. Everyone has their own opinion. We should respect others’ opinions and rectify our mistakes.

Q. Allegations were leveled against Basil Rajapaska and there are moves to arrest him. Will he come to Sri Lanka?

A. He has said that he would. So he will come. There is no problem.

Q. When are you going to Peacock palace? Is it true?

A. I have not taken a decision yet. I have been offered various residences just like Peacock Palace but I haven’t been assigned a residence as yet. I will move into the one which is most convenient for me.

Q. Are you coming back to active politics?

A. I have not decided yet. I must wait and see.

Q. If you are a hero, why are you so slow to take a decision?

A. That is heroism.

Q. What is your opinion on the 19th Amendment?

A. I spoke about it yesterday.

Q. The JHU said that it was against the 19th Amendment. What is your opinion on that?

A. You’d better ask them their opinion.

Q. Do you believe that there is independence of the judiciary?

A. It is there to certain extent. It is clearly stipulated in the Constitution how a president could intervene in judicial matters.(Ajith Siriwardana)


  Comments - 21

  • Sunil Wednesday, 01 April 2015 03:51 PM

    a shallow politician for shallow people.

    Nims Wednesday, 01 April 2015 04:04 PM

    Too late mate. Once I had my highest respect to you. Unfortunately you stood by the thugs, rapists, druggies, murderers. If you have at least 5mgs brain dont be greedy - go home and relax

    Desmond Jeromme Wednesday, 01 April 2015 11:40 AM

    How could an identified criminal could contest an election?

    Lalindra Wednesday, 01 April 2015 11:56 AM

    They talk like this when out of power and do exactly the opposite when in power.

    Fassey Wednesday, 01 April 2015 12:13 PM

    You never respected the opinions of your ministers. So please do not preach what you cannot practice.

    Cheers Wednesday, 01 April 2015 01:00 AM

    Your public appearances and media interviews are worrying UNP as they know they will be a defeated bunch soon

    Veda-mama Wednesday, 01 April 2015 05:36 PM


    kumaraya Wednesday, 01 April 2015 01:24 AM

    To cry or to laugh, that is the question!

    Citiiizen Perera Wednesday, 01 April 2015 05:44 PM

    Sir, do not regret you can comeback like a lion give a challenge, to the people who says you have billion of dollers in foreign bank accounts robed from the country. Your silence is creating problems to us your supporters.

    Buruwa Wednesday, 01 April 2015 01:54 AM

    Talking with no sence

    saman Wednesday, 01 April 2015 02:24 AM

    Cleverly written topic is out of context giving ammunition to his critics to have a field day.Great journalism DM.

    raheem Wednesday, 01 April 2015 05:53 PM

    i do not thing that you have tried to do those 2 stuffs in your regime ,, might be that one of reason people rejected you .....

    Rick Cover Wednesday, 01 April 2015 03:30 AM

    Lovely talk. the mistakes and misjudgments were overwhelmed by the stupidity and egos that have cost not only billions of dollars to the commoners but human lives. Sending the man who shed blood and shed bravely to face LTTE was dragged into jail. You need to come up with a way to pay for all that destruction.. White van syndrome of your siblings... Billions stolen by your families cum relatives...... and stupids who brought prostitutes to run racing around Sri

    Kiris Baba Amaray Wednesday, 01 April 2015 03:47 AM

    Sir, you yourself did not respect others opinions, you acted worse than Hitler. Correct !!!!

    Bubble Banda Wednesday, 01 April 2015 03:48 AM

    Weerawansa blamed Basil and he supports you. What is the logic? Means.... all are rogues.

    Horri Jimonis Wednesday, 01 April 2015 03:50 AM

    As per Weerawansa Basil is not the course for your defeat. Weerawansa is the course for your defeat.

    Desmond Jeromme Wednesday, 01 April 2015 03:53 AM

    You are mentally distressed. You need permanent relaxation and need lot of rest. Past is past, now you are a good for nothing rejected vessel better take treatment.

    govputhai Wednesday, 01 April 2015 04:08 AM

    If he had listened to the Muslims and Tamils, who are also srilankans, and respected their opinion and rectified his mistakes, he would have been the president

    Rdf Wednesday, 01 April 2015 05:59 AM

    Sorry the best way to tell this is in singhalese. OVA DENU PARAHATA, THAMA SAMMATHE SITA.

    sri lankan Wednesday, 01 April 2015 06:37 AM

    Why not take a rest and be at peace. ..With out being a joke frankly I think it is much better for you to read a pirith potha and have some quality time.

    nizamhm1944 Wednesday, 01 April 2015 03:29 PM

    The only Defeated and corrupted President is MR in our history. All others retired very respectively and maintain the respect till now. The only President MR who had been alleged for various allegations such as misappropriation of power, funds, etc., etc.. and he still runnning here and there to return to power.

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