I don’t have a single white van: Gota

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Former Defence Secretary and Eliya Organisation head Gotabaya Rajapaksa said that he doesn’t own a single white van as claimed by opposing factions.

Addressing an Eliya conference at Gelioya, Kandy on Saturday, Mr. Rajapaksa said everyone knows who introduced the white van culture and who committed crimes during the period of 1988-89.

"Mahinda Rajapaksa Government never took revenge on individuals or implemented the law against those who are innocent. We had a fortified intelligent service back then which helped us in defeating the terrorism. Most of our intelligence officers were Muslims. It was their contribution which led to the war victory," he said.

He said his leadership given to end the war was not based on a private agenda and that he was simply fulfilling his responsibility to the country.

Meanwhile, Mr.Rajapaksa said all Sri Lankans go through basic plights such as poverty and unemployment irrespective of their ethnicity.

"Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims and others; they all face problems. There are continuing discussions about specific issues faced by the Muslims and Tamils but these discussions have only been limited to mere election propaganda. Our citizens need a substantial income, a school for their children and employment opportunities. These issues do not see ethnic or religious differences. However, our leaders trying to show to the Tamil community that these issues are because of the Sinhalese community when in truth we all face these issues. We need to address these basic issues first," he said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

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  • Channa Tuesday, 05 March 2019 09:19 AM

    Sure you did not have white van. But you hired white vans paying money for your wet works.

    Ashok Tuesday, 05 March 2019 09:23 AM

    You Mean At The Moment??

    Carol prescd Tuesday, 05 March 2019 09:36 AM

    Looks like a white wash!!!

    ANTON Tuesday, 05 March 2019 09:43 AM

    WE ALL KNOW THAT , BUT YOUR THUGS HAVE DOZENS OF THEM.

    Jagath Tuesday, 05 March 2019 09:46 AM

    And Hitler didn't kill a single Jew!

    Eranga Dissanayaka Tuesday, 05 March 2019 09:56 AM

    Too late to declare it man. You have got blacklisted.

    Sofia Tuesday, 05 March 2019 09:59 AM

    Lies deceit and hypocrisy rolled into one story.

    Sri Wickrema Tuesday, 05 March 2019 09:59 AM

    But there were hiring white vans.

    Suneth Perera Tuesday, 05 March 2019 11:10 AM

    We know you are capable. We know who are writing all comments against you.

    Andrew Silva Tuesday, 05 March 2019 11:13 AM

    May be vans will come in another colour but your colour will be the same.

    nimal Tuesday, 05 March 2019 11:24 AM

    at least now come up with truth.

    Baya fear Tuesday, 05 March 2019 11:47 AM

    What happened in Rathupaswala, Katunayaka and Chilaw? Why monk wants Hitler ? Gota what is your economic policy? Agriculture or export thru production or else ? Killing innocent to create discipline. 1994 to 2014 , 20 years SLFP policy ? No new factories or agriculture change. only drugs and killings. Change your killing mind first.

    Pandya Tuesday, 05 March 2019 11:48 AM

    For that matter even all the underworld characters may not be owning white vans!

    Nuwan Tuesday, 05 March 2019 02:02 PM

    What a joke?

    KS Tuesday, 05 March 2019 02:50 PM

    Some take GR as a good performer. If my brother is the president, if I get enough money for projects and to my pocket, if I have a team of thugs to destroy and threaten my enemies and who would not obey me, I can be a better performer with my other professional experience

    Ranjith Tuesday, 05 March 2019 03:11 PM

    If you never had any white vans, under whose guidance Navy Sampath and Admiral abducted 11 youth in Colombo in white vans, days after the war finished in May? Are you trying to say that you never had control over the people working under you?

    Sen Tuesday, 05 March 2019 07:45 PM

    What you quote is silly,it's not necessary,you to own white van to abduct people,you can find is many ways,if your desire to annihilate criminals it's good but it can't only from other side,for me even Mervin too shp W white van

    VJ Thursday, 07 March 2019 12:42 PM

    Criminals steal vehicles to use when committing serious crimes. This man is so naive or does he think all the people are idiots?

    weera Thursday, 07 March 2019 09:42 PM

    Not a good answer for someone who wants to be a leader.

    jayar Friday, 08 March 2019 02:46 AM

    being an ex military brought peace to the country saved the country from diaster

    bweera@hotmail.com Tuesday, 12 March 2019 09:23 PM

    LOL LOL LOL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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