SLFP General Secretary and Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena yesterday warned of a conspiracy to destroy him politically in the wake of Sunday’s Passikudah incident where his son Daham was alleged to have assaulted a DIG’s son.
He said he had received death threats over the phone some months ago when he wanted to implement the National Medicinal Drugs Policy (NMDP). He said these same elements might have influenced the media also.
“Attempts have been made by various political elements, the drug mafia and my enemies to destroy me. The Passikudha incident has given them the opportunity they were looking for,” he said.
The minister singled out several newspapers, a privately-owned TV station and a radio station and a government-owned radio station as being among those attempting to destroy him. He said he did not mind it as long as they gave the correct story on the Passikudha incident.
“Do they think they can weaken President Mahinda Rajapaksa by attacking me? Whom are they trying to replace me with? Is it how the government or pro government media are strengthening the hard won peace by President Rajapaksa and Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa? Their actions make me sad and I can’t understand why all these negative campaigns have emerged at a time the government is in the midst of a battle in Geneva to protect the dignity and sovereignty of Sri Lanka,” he asked. “I will never intervene in police investigations or in performing their duty. I want the law to take its course and find the truth and punish even my son if he has committed any offence. But I must tell you that my only son is a child bred in a peaceful and religious atmosphere and he has never ever been involved in any sort of unlawful act.”
The minister said he could not understand why certain pro government and state media attempting to blow this incident out of proportion and try to attack him mercilessly.
“Do they think they are helping President Rajapaksa and the UPFA government? Do they think they can benefit by destroying me? They must understand that I have the resolve to stand up to all these malicious campaigns and come out unscathed because I have always worked according to my conscience,” he said.
The minister said Sri Lanka is an island and people flocked to its beaches to enjoy its beauty and serenity. But it is also common that people especially youngsters are involved in brawls and fisticuffs. These are not serious affairs but the media should not exploit these minor incidents to attack people when a youngster who is involved in a minor dispute was the son of a prominent person or a politician.
“Look what would have happened if the father of the young man arrested was some other politician. He would have surrounded the police station with his supporters and got his son released by force. But I stayed for eight hours seated on a bench at the Kalkudha Police to get my son released on police bail. Do not forget that I am the SLFP General Secretary and a senior minister of the UPFA government,” he added. (Sadun A. Jayasekara)
Jagath Leanage Wednesday, 27 February 2013 02:58 PM
We know what will happen in few days time. "Matter settle amicably ". Wait and see.
Gankukula Thursday, 28 February 2013 10:46 AM
Its the powers that be who are conspiring against the Gen. Sec. of SLFP!
Shey Thursday, 28 February 2013 10:58 AM
'Do not forget that I am the SLFP General Secretary and a senior minister of the UPFA government' HINT HINT.
Lucky Weeramantry Thursday, 28 February 2013 11:04 AM
All Settled Friends Forever
Rimzan Hassan Wednesday, 27 February 2013 03:35 PM
Yes this is an International Conspiracy.
Jagath Leanage Wednesday, 27 February 2013 03:51 PM
Father - Maithree. Son - Daham. wow
Jagath Leanage Wednesday, 27 February 2013 04:02 PM
DM reports says "Do not forget that I am the SLFP General Secretary and a senior minister of the UPFA government". Which means what ? Should we have to get scared of you?
wickrama Wednesday, 27 February 2013 04:07 PM
Yes. Everybody who is part of the monstrous deceitful idiotic government has to be destroyed for a better future for Sri Lanka!
Asaranakolla Thursday, 28 February 2013 11:40 AM
When kelaniya is going silent polonnaruwa wakes up. Can you understand people!!!!
teri Thursday, 28 February 2013 11:50 AM
jagath L---or may be the dig's son assaulted himself.
the death-treat Dad says is to draw the attention away from the Paskuda incident.
Thomas Thursday, 28 February 2013 05:47 AM
Same blood talking on behalf of his son. Blood is thicker than water.
MUvais Thursday, 28 February 2013 05:52 AM
He is honorable man with policy.
As great citizen of Sri Lanka he has acted with utmost respect to law and order in the country. Not only in this incident but also in his brother incident.
Even if this would have happened mistakenly I am 100% sure he will do all possible to correct his son and will obey the rule of the law.
Long live minister and your behavior is exemplary under this situation
Sareek Thursday, 28 February 2013 03:47 AM
Certain elements means is your son working for others?
LankanFellow Thursday, 28 February 2013 05:55 AM
There he goes... whenever these guys are in trouble, they take the topic.. War.. Peace.. Reputation.. UNHCR... USA... Lemon Puff... etc... to arouse the patriotism among the poor citizens who would vote for u next time tooooooo
Jeevan Stephen Thursday, 28 February 2013 03:52 AM
ramesh Thursday, 28 February 2013 03:53 AM
If what you say about receiving death threats is true, then it is bloody god one, cause this what you guys have been doing to others to be in power. Its is right time to taste your own medicine
aj Thursday, 28 February 2013 03:54 AM
crap.........crap......crap..........who is he trying to fool........he should write a story book...........has good imagination to come up with good fictional stories.............Dead threats .......now that's a good one
SW Thursday, 28 February 2013 04:11 AM
This minister does not have a reputation for making headlines for wrong things. He may well be a victim of circumstances (presumably due to juvenile misbehavior of his son). Yet if he is genuine and powerful as he states, he should be leading the change to eradicate criminal behavior, corruption and wastage. Actions speak louder than words.
Why all the fuss Mr Minister? Let the law take its course. No one is trying to tarnish your "GOOD" name and your "REPUTATION." As for trying to tanish MR's image, I think he does a good job himself! Govt GOONS have struck again. I wish you a speedy recovery Asela and I do hope justice is served!
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