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Move forward with January 8 victory: CBK

5 August 2015 02:13 pm - 16     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Breaking her silence, former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, today in a statement, requested the people to vote for the candidates with integrity to help take forward the mandate given on January 8.

She said she decided to place the country before her party at this moment.

In a lengthy statement issued to the media, she said a silent revolution took place on January 8 in the country, and it was a victory for the establishment of democracy. Identifying herself as someone who contributed towards it, she said it was her duty to explain her standpoint at this moment.

She said, “Patriotic citizens who respect freedom and democracy, rose against the cruel oppression of the Rajapaksa regime in a harmless struggle. It enabled them to unseat this oppressive regime with the use of ballots. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa participated in this election exploiting State resources and the armed forces".

She accused Mr. Rajapaksa of spreading racism and using religion to achieve political ends.

Asserting that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) was a party founded on democratic principles, she said the party had stood for the formation of people friendly governments.

Ms. Kumaratunga noted that she had decided, at this juncture, to pay attention to requests made to her by many political party leaders and civil society movements. “A majority wanted to bring about a change under me. Yet, I did not intend to stay in politics continuously. It is a disgraceful act for anyone to try to remain in politics after serving in the highest echelons. Unfortunately, the person that was defeated was taking time to scuttle political reforms,” she said.

“I am saddened to witness the decline of SLFP seniors, and them not having the need to reorganize the party. Nonetheless, I will clarify my position to all SLFPers. It was a struggle for me to decide on whether to stay with a group undermining the noble values of SLFP or to join together with a team that has a vision and a mission to lead the country forward. After deep thought into this matter, I decided that the country should be built before the party. It is all the more important to march forward with the January 8th victory. My love and affection for the SLFP will never dissipate. I am ever committed to uphold its principles and to establish an enlightened rule.”

  Comments - 16

  • Sikuru Wednesday, 05 August 2015 07:58 PM

    Then go to the streets and open the eyes of MR cultists.

    Patriot Wednesday, 05 August 2015 07:59 PM

    CBK,same formula does not use again. Now people know what is Yapa...... so call good governance.

    Hemamali Bandaranayake Wednesday, 05 August 2015 08:07 PM

    Good advice from MRs CBK for our country to march back towards disaster. Please vote sensibly.

    Vikky Wednesday, 05 August 2015 08:12 PM

    Madam, Mahinda Rajapakse is a power hungry individual who is currently surronded by crooks. Once the election is over people wii desert him. Maithiripala Srisena is a honest politician.

    Sapu Wednesday, 05 August 2015 08:18 PM

    But some idiots still want to bring back MR

    upali Thursday, 06 August 2015 11:51 AM

    What is January 8th victory? It was while MR won almost all Sinhala Areas ME superseded Tamil/Muslim Areas with huge margin which could not fade off although MR won most of the Districts. What is the secret ME to get a vast majority in Tamil/Muslim Areas? No Sinhala leader has got such a massive number of votes in Tamil/Muslim Areas.This because Tamil Diaspora has been given assurance to help in installing TAMIL EALEM indirectly. .

    dhetti Wednesday, 05 August 2015 08:30 PM

    You have no respect in this country. Everyone knows who you are. If CBK speak for UNP, MR will get more votes.

    Leo Wednesday, 05 August 2015 08:36 PM

    she was called bandit queen by UNP for a reason

    Sara Wednesday, 05 August 2015 09:18 PM

    This lady should get on the UNP platform and give the boring campaign a boost.

    Damien Wednesday, 05 August 2015 09:39 PM

    People have realised that this government is incapable inefficient and corrupt.

    Kiris Baba Amaray Thursday, 06 August 2015 12:03 PM

    You are crazy and I believe not educated. Learn to respect the educated not thugs like Mahinda.

    Sunil Wednesday, 05 August 2015 10:33 PM

    You did the same thing to MR in 2005. This is a blessing in disguise.

    sikuru Thursday, 06 August 2015 06:45 AM

    Only mad MR cultists will say that

    lanka Thursday, 06 August 2015 08:23 PM

    Chandrika for heavens sake get lost. You were prepared to share power with Prabhakaran thats shows your loyalty to Sri Lanka

    Gona Thursday, 06 August 2015 02:11 PM

    Jayawewa Madam - please canvass and support the UNP. Get on their platform and exhort the voters

    sobers Thursday, 06 August 2015 07:37 AM

    Madam you are correct. After a regime of corruption, crime, curse and fear.... The new chapter has started. It is a long journey, people should understand and support the victory of January 8th.


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