Mahinda helped Congress win polls

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President Mahinda Rajapaksa helped India’s Congress party win the General Elections in Tamil Nadu last year by reaching an agreement with the Indian government to stop using heavy weapons during the last stages of the war, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga told Daily Mirror online.


In an interview on the ‘HOT SEAT’ segment of the website Mr. Weeratunga said the President had turned down a request from India to stop the military operations last year but later reached an agreement to stop using heavy weapons in order to help the Congress win the polls. 


"Elections were being held in India so if the government of India did not do something to stop what the rest of the world thought the massacre of Tamils (as it was wrongly termed) the Tamils would not vote for the Congress. They said “please stop this”. But the President said “sorry I cannot do that”. But he added “ok what do you want me to do to ensure victory of the Congress Party”? They requested that the use of heavy weaponry be stopped. This is what brought India and Sri Lanka closer. With the halt in use of heavy weaponry (with approval of the Sri Lankan Security Council that Sri Lanka would no longer use heavy weaponry) the Congress gained strength and the victory in Tamil Nadu can be attributed to this decision by the Government of Sri Lanka," he told Daily Mirror online.  (DS)


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  Comments - 21

  • Thursday, 14 January 2010 08:56 AM

    Wimal you will be the next traitor - you are admitting that SL Army killed civilians till India stopped it. Otherwise according to you 300,00 lives would not have been saved. Oh my how sad.

    Thursday, 14 January 2010 08:58 AM

    No, No, No. Lalith is switching camp. He is supporting SF. Don't beleive him. Our president will never bow down

    Thursday, 14 January 2010 09:00 AM

    What the hell is he talking about. MR is someone who will not bow down to anyone. Lalith Weeratunga has also become a traitor like SF. I am sure he has crossed over to SF side

    Thursday, 14 January 2010 09:14 AM

    I thought no heavy weapons were used at any point on a directive of Mahinda.... all power hungry idiots!

    Sunday, 17 January 2010 04:36 AM

    This top civil servant is a disgrace to the entire civil service.

    Thursday, 14 January 2010 11:15 AM

    bambuwa

    Thursday, 14 January 2010 05:35 AM

    Without heavy weapons our army had to pay more price for the last stage. So who should then get the credit. All three forces and Sarath Fonseka or president. Our people to decide now, how our politicians used our army people (all forces) for there political purposes.

    Thursday, 14 January 2010 05:39 AM

    Now our people decide. At the critical time of the war how president tried to please India? Obviously credit should go to Sarath Fonseka and three army, police and civil force. President just had tried to get political benefits from every drop of blood and tear of our war heroes.

    Thursday, 14 January 2010 05:40 AM

    I totally agree with the heading of this article because as you all can see MR is at present helping SF win too.

    Thursday, 14 January 2010 05:51 AM

    Ooooh dear guys..... All of these comments show how unpatriotic and uncivilized people we are..... We do anything(betray country, betray people,,, name it) even for the sake of a parcel of rice.... i dont think SF is any better than MR...

    Thursday, 14 January 2010 12:37 PM

    calls himself the `foremost public servant' in the print article -- most public service veterans are only too aware of his career record which is at odds with this self awarded title-sanctimonious humbug is more apt-- the comments are a disgrace to the public servce - or whats left of it

    Thursday, 14 January 2010 06:15 AM

    Luckily we had a great leader leading the battle to bring it to conclusion by clearly sticking to one aim, that is to end Terorrism. If not for him still innocent civilians would be having to sacrifice their lives.
    We greatly appreciate your commitment to the nation general. I think any individual who has sacrificed and dedicated more than 40 years of his life to the nation has more love to the nation than any other mere politician. We know that you shed blod and nearly sacrificied your 3 times to the nation.
    We need a leader who has love to our lovely nation. We need to take this nation to the next level, for other to benchmark us.

    Thursday, 14 January 2010 06:22 AM

    Winning the war was a foreign conspiracy ???. Weerawansa need to answer this question.

    Thursday, 14 January 2010 06:43 AM

    Brother,
    Cannot you understand at the moment who is trying to get political benefits from our war heroes’ sacrifices?

    Thursday, 14 January 2010 06:45 AM

    I like to know what Mr Vimal weerawansha s response to this please educate us Mr weerawansha..

    Thursday, 14 January 2010 06:55 AM

    Oh yes. DEPLORE MATIC

    Thursday, 14 January 2010 07:02 AM

    Indian voters are not blind they could see who this Mahinda is, so Lalith Weeratunge forget the word of praise for MR

    Thursday, 14 January 2010 07:30 AM

    so what is the wisdom on this particular speech... I sense only idiocy..

    Thursday, 14 January 2010 07:31 AM

    All considered, it would have been more prudent if this 'revelation' was not made.

    Thursday, 14 January 2010 07:46 AM

    Your comment is against President..Indian Government helped us by giving correct advice to save lives.

    Thursday, 14 January 2010 07:50 AM

    Next,
    the line
    "Obama's win also orchestrated by our President"
    has given to Dr. Mervin to use in his speech, and we will hear it soon.


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