PM says he would take the blame if allegation was proved

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Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratne yesterday assured the nation that he would accept that there had been a shortcoming on his part if it is proven that his secretary had really issued a letter to the customs to release the consignment of heroin which was discovered recently.

Mr. Jayaratne said this in response to a statement made by UNP MP Sujeewa Senasinghe in the House who wanted to know whether the Prime Minister was aware that such a letter had been sent by his secretary.

The Prime Minister said that he had request a time slot from the Speaker to allow him to make a statement in the House with regards to the matter but had decided against it following the advice of MPs from both sides. “I decided against making a statement as both government and opposition MPs advised me not to do so as no one would accept what I have to say,” he said.

Mr. Jayaratne added that the other reason for him not to make a statement was that it would affect the investigations that were being carried out into the matter. At the same time he said that he was not aware of any developments regarding this incident as it was only a report which was highlighted in the media. (YP)

  Comments - 24

  • roshan Friday, 13 December 2013 09:43 AM

    We will by pass India in the corruption index next year as the fence itself is gracing the plant. Please step down today PM. What a disgrace.

    Be Fair Friday, 13 December 2013 05:38 AM

    he should take responsibility, display some civility and resign.
    What have you done so far been the PM.......??????????

    Small man Sunday, 15 December 2013 12:24 PM

    Well said Batangala. How many letters would have gone mistakenly in the past ? Even if this is the first one you should be true to the country and just get lost from yr position. Let the investigations take its due course. Most people in this country have no faith in these investigations though you seem to place lots of importance to it.

    Ranjith Silva Friday, 13 December 2013 05:45 AM

    Good that Cat & Dog food is cheap now to fed well while resting at home soon.

    Kiris Baba Amaray Friday, 13 December 2013 01:35 PM

    Yes Mann, you are the Main culprit, nothing to prove.... the entire nation (SriLanka) and the whole world knows that you are a Kudu Dealer.

    Vijith Pieterz Friday, 13 December 2013 01:38 PM

    PM - Jayarantne, those days you named Cader (Gampola) as Kuddah... you forgot? Now not Cader you are the Kuddah.....next to Mervyn Silva. Please get lost issay.

    sena Friday, 13 December 2013 01:51 PM

    A good lesson and a costly one, of giving approval over the normal procedure to help the goons of politicians.

    Concerned Friday, 13 December 2013 06:14 AM

    You say NO, He says NO, Police says NO and all say No NO. So where are the allegations to prove Mr. Prime Minister? Don't worry, after all we are all Deshapremies No?

    M.O.A.Careem Friday, 13 December 2013 10:27 AM

    some thing like a ball in a volley ball court

    crazyboy Friday, 13 December 2013 06:41 AM

    I hope Hon PM a veteran politico of the SLFP & the country not heading for a un-ceremonial departure from his political life.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Friday, 13 December 2013 10:39 AM

    Now we know why the PM said in the Parliament some time back that there are politicians who deal in drugs. He must have been looking at the mirror that morning to get some inspiration for that speech. The most honourable thing is to resign forthwith without causing further embarrassment to you and your family, since you have had it too long.

    Batangala Friday, 13 December 2013 06:59 AM

    Dear PM, This is one of the mistakes which was accidentally got exposed. You say both government and opposition advised to be silent at this moment. Never in the history of SL a PM got embarrassed like this. Don't take advice from any one. You are matured enough to take a humble decision without further delay.

    Amarasekera Friday, 13 December 2013 07:10 AM

    My god, 150kg of heroin!!!
    Fortunately this consignment got caught.
    But just imagine all the consignments that are getting through the system undetected.
    Heads must role!

    You should resign immediately!!!

    investigator Friday, 13 December 2013 10:56 AM

    if proven guilty,take the blame ???.it is allready proven.people what the blame means ???.importing few grams of heroin land a jail for l;ife,pm like to take the blame only ???.he must put to jail for life.

    Mason Friday, 13 December 2013 02:23 PM

    The letter states to waive dumerrage and DUTY, which means the customs are coming into the picture. The person to whom the letter had been given is from his electorate - Gampola. It appears that the PM wants us to believe that a person from his electorate had taken him for a ride. The public are not fools to believe cock and bull stories being dished out by the politicians.

    Ranjith Silva Friday, 13 December 2013 11:07 AM

    When you are the PM, always the law beds, Please resign and leave rooms to have independent investigations. Are you a Sri Lankan?

    Nodrog Saturday, 14 December 2013 01:17 AM

    Alzeimers made him forget he was the culprit he was talking about.

    Fawzan Friday, 13 December 2013 03:29 PM

    Unfortunately we elect only rouges and criminals to govern ourselves. One who misappropriate tsunami fund subsequently elected as president. Drug dealer is PM. Big taker WW has investment in Gambling. Another drug dealer managed to get away from killing former president’s secretary. May triple gem bless our country.

    DilaDolan Sunday, 15 December 2013 05:39 AM

    There is no more to prove. It's a known fact!

    Perumal Saturday, 14 December 2013 03:27 PM

    But the edicts of our national politics demand that one should accept responsibility/blame but remain.

    sobers Friday, 13 December 2013 11:44 AM

    The culprit should be punished. Also, the PM should be blamed for having notorious persons in his ministry. Hence, he should resign. if not this looks so bad in front of the international community. Finaly Mr.Nobody does it again, like the importing of spirits.

    dIREsTRAITS Friday, 13 December 2013 08:28 AM

    I think you're the one who got caught so now you prove to us that you are not guilty. Everything points to corruption and underhand dealings. Nothing but!

    Janaki Kalansuriya Friday, 13 December 2013 12:40 PM

    Hello DMJ, you cannot get away with accepting a shortcoming. You are a culpable accessory to drug dealing under the country's laws. Its Bangkok Hilton for you and nothing short!!!!!

    Remember how you guys treated SF, even after winning the war? So, why any difference to you?

    Dharme Friday, 13 December 2013 12:44 PM

    Your secretary has already accepted and resigned,so why wait dear PM....


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