Former President and MP Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday assured that his party was ready to support the government in their hour of need to restore normalcy in the country.
Addressing a hurriedly arranged news briefing at his residence in Colombo last evening, Mr. Rajapaksa said Joint Opposition (JO) Leader MP Dinesh Gunawardane had phoned both the President and Prime Minister in this regard.
“We have no problem about offering our fullest support to the government, if it requires our assistance. In fact, Minister Lakshman Kiriella asked me to speak to the people at this crucial juncture. We request everyone to act wisely, stay calm and be patience in order to maintain law and order in the country,” he said.
He reiterated the inaction of the government had aggravated the tense situation and said the government had got it all wrong.
“Whenever something went wrong during my tenure, including the violence at Rathupaswala or Aluthgama, the blame was put on me. Today, the government is placing the blame on the police. This only agitates the people as then they have no one to turn to,” he said.
When asked about moves by the government to block social media to prevent false news from spreading, Mr. Rajapaksa said it was an unwise move.
“Many people, especially those from the business community, have complained to us about how this has affected their businesses,” he said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)
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Peace Thursday, 8 March 2018 07:27
Whether the govt makes a request or not, it is your duty tohelp the people to live in peace. We know that you can handle the situation better than the govt.
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Scooby Doo Thursday, 8 March 2018 09:06
Do you think that this man is a thoththa baba? He deserves an Oscar award for the acting.
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R. Leelaratne (Lawyer) Thursday, 8 March 2018 09:20
How can you expect a man who created this movie to ban it. No this man is a dangerous animal.
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K.T. Ranjith Thursday, 8 March 2018 09:22
Halloo, he who arranged thugs with his henchman to destroy the Muslims.
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Dee Thursday, 8 March 2018 07:44
The biggest help would be to discourage rasism .
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The Bud Thursday, 8 March 2018 07:49
Having encouraged it, now wants to discourage it. Will the BUD BLOOM !!!?
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Aladeniya Kirimathaya Thursday, 8 March 2018 09:15
MR baby is just now born, he does not know anything....ha..ha..ha...after setting the fire now he is looking for the remedy.
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umen Thursday, 8 March 2018 10:34
That is Ranil's way, serious issues arise one after another due to inefficient governing, then blame MR for it, so easy
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ashan Thursday, 8 March 2018 07:49
No thank you, we have an idea as to what normal will look like.
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Arnold Thursday, 8 March 2018 08:54
All politicians pinch the baby and rock the cradle. The net losers are the voters, who are left high and dry and end up sending their women to wash Arabs toilets.
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TONY Thursday, 8 March 2018 08:55
WHILE THIS NEWS IS ENCOURAGING, HELP MAY BE OFFERED TO HELP THEMSELVES TO HEEL THE WOUNDS OF MUSLIMS TO VOTE FOR THEM AT THE NEXT ELECTIONS
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Akhila Thursday, 8 March 2018 08:57
Anyone wondering if he was the one who instigated all this in order to come to this stage? The moment Gota returned shit goes bonkers!
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Gihan Thursday, 8 March 2018 08:58
Blocking social media is a very unwise move. It will increase the curiosity of the people more. And easily give chance to spread the false news. And it will adversly effect the business people who worked in partnership with foreign countries. Government is very incapable of handling the situation. They were unable to enforce the Sri Lankan law. Different races having different laws is the biggest problem in this country. That leads to this type of problems again and again. Government should take actions to enfore a single law to all the civilians in this country irrespective of their race and religion. That will make harmony among all races and religions.
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Hameed Ahamed Thursday, 8 March 2018 08:58
Thank you very much, enough now acting like a saint, you and your gangsters only created this ugly scene.
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sach Thursday, 8 March 2018 17:26
do u have any evidence? What we see is ur UNP's inaction and inability
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Seeni Lebbe Thursday, 8 March 2018 09:00
Hay man Rajapakshe don't shed crocodile tears after making the big damage, your main idea is to destroy the Muslims and Tamils.
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R.M.T. Somanathan Thursday, 8 March 2018 09:02
Sir, don't think we will be cheated again by you. The maximum revenge you have taken by this dirty event using your thugs namely Weerawansa and Gamampilla.
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Market Raja Thursday, 8 March 2018 11:13
Muzamil was seen in Katugastota while the shops been burnt and Weerawansa was in Kandy in a hotel.
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Ronnie Bugger Thursday, 8 March 2018 09:04
Thanks but No Thanks - we don't need you so just stay out of it - the forces are capable of handling the situation through diplomacy, not your type of Medamulana thuggery.
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Prashan Haputhanthrige Thursday, 8 March 2018 09:04
He ended the deadliest guerrilla terrorist outfit in the world. He stood firm against all the Western powers who told him to stand down our brave forces. He won the war against poverty lifting our economy to USD 3500 per capita levels. We saw development of a quality and pace beyond our wildest dreams in this lifetime, within just 3 years 2011 to 2014. He can stop this nonsense happening again. SWRD ignited, RW and JR fuelled MR will end and bring us peace again
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Imtiaz Farook Thursday, 8 March 2018 09:04
It seems you and your JO thugs seated with you are happy now. Please don't play games and cheat us.
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Dennis Reeves Thursday, 8 March 2018 11:15
Almost 95% JO rotters seated with Mahinda are the worst racialists.
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Ranjan Thursday, 8 March 2018 09:06
Social media ban is the right move. Though we are effected by the decision, it is the correct decision .
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Vijitha Thursday, 8 March 2018 09:06
Of course he can do that because his kith and kin are the one who created it out of power craze
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N.R. Talwatte (Lawyer) Thursday, 8 March 2018 09:06
Mahinda we know that you and your henchmen are the worst racialists who were behind this scene, don't conn man.
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Sodha Thursday, 8 March 2018 09:11
Thank you. But no thank you. Please mind your own business. We know why you are saying this. Power hungry MP.
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Dennis Reeves Thursday, 8 March 2018 09:11
Now keep quiet Sir, enough is enough..... after all giving the contract to Weerawansa and Gamampilla, now you are acting like a baby, anyway you started your career as an actor.... act....act... but remember there is one above.
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Jal Perera Thursday, 8 March 2018 09:12
How many bus loads of thugs you dispatched to Teldeniya and Digana?
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Prakash Thursday, 8 March 2018 09:13
As an ex Indian diplomat,a big thanks for all of you at Sri Lanka Daily Mirror the way you have handled the present crisis in regards to possible anti Indian comments in your paper.As you all know we are friends of Sri Lanka and we will never harm anyone in Sri Lanka.If ever you all need any support contact our Consulates outside Colombo in person and we would happy for any of your requests.This anti Indian propaganda must stop and we are counting on your support.Shortly one our diplomat would visit the Daily Mirror office in person to further our cooperation with Daily Mirror.
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Katie Thursday, 8 March 2018 09:17
Strange how the business community is complaining that shutting down social media is affecting their business. Wonder how these business people did their advertising and promotions and earned well prior to social media coming into effect.
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Kadupol Jothywansa Thursday, 8 March 2018 09:17
Wimal and Gamma is missing? Are they resting - may be they are tired after a huge operation.
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M. Ralph Roshan Thursday, 8 March 2018 11:19
Both got to gather and enjoyed whisky when Katugastota was burning - may be over dunked and still did not get up from bed.
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Saj Thursday, 8 March 2018 09:22
u also one of the culprit behind this...and Now pretend like a good manu Racist!!!
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SENA Thursday, 8 March 2018 09:52
But you did not say this at the beginning of this chaos. You are doing things in the reverse order and you are famous for it.
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SN Thursday, 8 March 2018 09:54
Catch hold of those arrested and get the facts first. Is the police capable of it. Forget about all the cock and bull stories in the parliament circus drama and at least do the needful now. I'm for sure these culprits will be released soon and nothing would happen. That is for sure.
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shan Thursday, 8 March 2018 10:02
He is the director of this movie then and now, he may fool the ignorant people but not everyone
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Renu Thursday, 8 March 2018 10:11
No Thanks, lets see who was involved first
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hari Thursday, 8 March 2018 10:40
no need better to the same more than 10 years what he did v now
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Nasnin Thursday, 8 March 2018 10:50
See the faces of JO member all looking panicked because UN HR Chief has issued a threatening statement to USE UNIVERSAL JURISDICTION 3 hours before this PRESS conference.
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Sincere Thursday, 8 March 2018 11:47
OOh... look at the gang. They all were in powerful places when riots rocked Aluthgama. Who wants their help?
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