MP Namal Rajapaksa in an interview to NDTV has said that his family's dynastic rule led to the military victory over the LTTE.
He said the close knit ties between his father and his uncle, the Defence Secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, was responsible for Lanka's military victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam or LTTE.
"The war was ended because of this bond within the family," Namal said at the office of his law firm in the heart of Colombo. "Any leader needs someone they can trust as secretary of defence. My father was able to take strong decisions as an individual along with the leaders of the government but the leader needs someone they can trust," he added.
When asked whether this was a feudal argument in a modern democracy, where an elected leader needs to trust their colleagues regardless of family affiliations, Namal said, "We always trusted each other, but can I ask you is it a crime that I became the President's son?"
The new government has filed a criminal case, alleging that in the early hours of January 9, when it became clear Mr Rajapaksa was losing the election, he called a secret meeting at his residence attended by top officials to plot the declaration of Emergency in Sri Lanka.
Namal denied any such meeting, but acknowledged that officials may have come to see him.
"Various people came to speak to him right throughout the night. It's normal at the end of the election, the government officials always come and talk."
Comments - 9
ffaizer Saturday, 17 January 2015 01:49 PM
BUT U ALL TOGETHER COULD NOT WIN THE PEOPLE ISNT IT ???
Phantom Saturday, 17 January 2015 07:46 PM
It also helped in its downfall!!!
RDF Saturday, 17 January 2015 02:53 PM
We agree that MR and GR were important in the war effort. But we also notice you do not mention of the armed forces specially General Sarath Fonseka.
Dinesh Saturday, 17 January 2015 08:39 PM
Apart from GR, can any one suggest a better qualified secretary of defense to win such a war in SL ? How about Oustin Fernando who was Defense secretary in 2002 with UNP parliament regime and now an adviser to president MS ? Keep in mind GR was appointed to win the war, not to call LTTE "machan".
Madlin Saturday, 17 January 2015 02:54 PM
No one wants to believe you man. Just dont waste your time giving lame excuses via DM Android App
OMG Saturday, 17 January 2015 03:29 PM
Your talk is like, a Policeman keeping the loot for himself just because he managed to catch the thief.
mw Saturday, 17 January 2015 04:10 PM
there is only one family who ended the war.soo..you are supposed to be a lawyer.i mean above 8grade passed folks via DM Android App
TIPSY Monday, 19 January 2015 09:59 AM
President is free to meet anyone at any time . We all agree but not the CJ at that crucial time.
Sunil De Silva Saturday, 17 January 2015 04:50 PM
People understand, who involved in decision making and who really fought for the country, but no human would tolerate the jail term for the chief of the Army. As the Presidents son and young MP, he should show an example for other young people in this country including his younger brothers, without using valuable resources for your own use, by planning and organising car races
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