I can even be the first in charge: Gota

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Claiming that people were asking him to be the second in charge, former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa today said he can be even the first in charge.

Mr. Rajapaksa said he would join hands with anyone who would come forward to stand for the country’s unitary character and to safeguard the soldiers of the country.

“People are asking me now whether I will be the second in charge. I can be the second in charge or even the first in charge,” he said addressing the ‘Wiruwani, oba surekeemata apa sudanam’ people’s movement launched by the National Movement to Protect Soldiers (NMPS).

He was referring to a statement made by Labour and Trade Union Relation Minister and Senior Deputy Chairman of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) W.D.J. Seneviratne, who had said that measures were now underway for the appointment of former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to the post of second leader of the SLFP.

Speaking further Mr. Rajapaksa said the government, unfortunately, believes that the admiration of soldiers is a hindrance to the process of reconciliation.

Addressing the ‘Wiruwani, oba surekeemata apa sudanam’ people’s movement launched by the National Movement to Protect Soldiers (NMPS), Mr. Rajapaksa said the former government has followed a process of improving the mentality of the soldier starting from the very beginning.

However, Mr. Rajapaksa said there were incidents where soldiers mentally broke down even in the past.

“We have built up the soldiers mind to a level that they have battled to save the country and won the war. Even after the war, we took steps to keep up the mental balance of the soldiers. These soldiers had created a peaceful situation in the country so that the people could live without fear,” he added.

Mr. Rajapaksa also said the former government had taken many actions to establish reconciliation throughout the country than the current government, during the post war period.

“We were able to remove all the explosives from the war victimized areas after the war during a short span of 2 ½ years. We were also able to re-settle the displaced who were in the war zone within only 2 ½ years,” he added.

He also said the former government has rehabilitated the LTTE cadres who were surrendered to the Tri-forces and said this could be the best example which reflect the reconciliation among nations during the former government’s term. (Kalathma Jayawardhane)

  Comments - 36

  • Keerthi Tuesday, 07 June 2016 10:20 AM

    01 Gota = 20 good ministers

    Dee Tuesday, 07 June 2016 10:21 AM

    Alone you never will. But with ten defenders full of armed guys, you may be able to leaf a party . dont over estimate yourself. Seven 11 is a better place for you.

    tonna Tuesday, 07 June 2016 10:58 AM

    what about white van via DM iOS App

    Appu Tuesday, 07 June 2016 11:08 AM

    The amount they steel.

    Ranjith Tuesday, 07 June 2016 11:09 AM

    Gotta the coward, who ran away to US fearing LTTE, when LTTE was a fearsome force!

    ruwan Tuesday, 07 June 2016 11:18 AM

    More white vans will be imported. More property/lands belong to others will be swindled.

    Maya Tuesday, 07 June 2016 11:18 AM

    We want Namal instead! You must run against Donald or Hilary if your country. Rush, time is running out.

    Joe Tuesday, 07 June 2016 11:19 AM

    All the Rajapakse's are rats and they only deserve to live in holes. They only filled their pockets with all the peoples money. It will be the end of the SLFP if this happens.

    malij Tuesday, 07 June 2016 11:22 AM

    Shame on you. Gota has his faults. But remember he is one of the topmost guys who saved our country from terrorism. And unlike other Rajapakse's, he does not have any cases for robbing. You may not agree with him. But what he did for the country is something no one can take away.

    truth Tuesday, 07 June 2016 11:24 AM

    well said. Power hungry.

    Deepal Tuesday, 07 June 2016 11:24 AM

    As per above commentd,it seems that when the Lion is entering, all rats and cats are scared and shouting together.....

    poppy Tuesday, 07 June 2016 11:37 AM

    No war can be won without a strong general and entire country knows how such general treated because your family wanted to own the credit for winning war but actually you are audience only not the performer.

    srilankan Tuesday, 07 June 2016 11:49 AM

    Dream can come true..... but greed can only lead to demise.....

    Sharon Tuesday, 07 June 2016 11:55 AM

    Well said Deepal

    BV Tuesday, 07 June 2016 11:58 AM


    kumaran Tuesday, 07 June 2016 02:49 AM

    This country....... words fail me.

    Lankan Tuesday, 07 June 2016 03:13 AM

    It is interesting that Goth who ran away to USA as he was scared of LTTE and then came back to SL only when his brother contested the Presidential Election was to be the first person in the country. Has he not killed enough people? Has he not stolen enough money? What is the Yahapalana Government doing about all the inquiries into the damage Gotha has done to Sri Lanka?

    Sanju Tuesday, 07 June 2016 03:23 AM

    What madness.

    samagi Tuesday, 07 June 2016 03:52 AM

    what is going to happen for Srilanka again via DM iOS App

    samagi Tuesday, 07 June 2016 03:55 AM

    No more FCID that is only to show public there is agreement MOU between big guys via DM iOS App

    Aim Tuesday, 07 June 2016 04:13 AM

    In the name of "country’s unitary character", he wants to attack SF and take revenge on those who oppose him. His aim something different.

    Rohana Muscat Tuesday, 07 June 2016 12:27 PM

    Good news: Tax for white vans will be slashed....

    S B Lokuge Tuesday, 07 June 2016 05:20 AM

    This is very good news for the country when people suffering from natural disasters.

    The God Father Tuesday, 07 June 2016 12:41 PM

    Correction; Lion masked hyena.

    Sambo Tuesday, 07 June 2016 08:02 AM

    Yes Sir, You be the first to stay out of the mess you all have made and the first and last even to think about it.

    Nimal Edirisinghe Tuesday, 07 June 2016 08:10 AM

    Best News after a bad few years. Gota is a capable person than anyone else in our living memory for the First Job.

    Lanka Tuesday, 07 June 2016 08:34 AM

    The country is in a qeotic state. The forces have no leadership and guidance. Whether we agree or not the fact remains that we need a strong leadership.

    Prem Tuesday, 07 June 2016 08:38 AM

    Anyone can dream but dreams doñt come true.

    Roman Tuesday, 07 June 2016 02:22 PM

    A crippled lion!

    Patriot Tuesday, 07 June 2016 08:42 AM

    This is John Seneviratne's dream. That's all; 7 billion people of this world have got trillions of dreams. Who is John S after all? a Kingmaker? lol

    Sarath Tuesday, 07 June 2016 08:43 AM

    Soldiers know how they were treated after war. They were forced to sweep roads, mixed cements, sold vegitables.

    Aba Jayasekera Tuesday, 07 June 2016 09:01 AM

    You mean it is good to have one more disaster in the form of Gota

    ranmala Tuesday, 07 June 2016 09:05 AM

    Well said. He should be not number one but zero. My3 you are too slow. We are losing our patience. We need action soon for all the wrongs he has done

    Harry Tuesday, 07 June 2016 09:14 AM

    Whatever you state in your comments gentlemen, your inner hearts know that we all and our siblings are alive and safer because of GR and we noted his administrative skills to keep the city clean and pavement hawkers away too! He converted once undisciplined forces to a recognized and well disciplined forces!

    BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 07 June 2016 09:15 AM

    The war was won with terrible loss to innocent human beings. Then came governance with sheer racism and emergence of racist promoted persons and racist incidents. Thereafter we saw abuse of power from Sri Lankan Air Lines to Mihin, white elephant mega developments, arrogant abuse of the judiciary and law and order of the country, nepotism, arrogant spending of public money on charter flights hotel accommodation massive delegations of hangerson with their wives and much much more. Enough is enough, simply get out.

    Premalal Wednesday, 08 June 2016 05:59 AM

    He got out of the Army at the first possible opportunity and fled the country while many fought and died..

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