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Can’t form Govt. with the corrupt: President

7 February 2018 07:20 pm - 19     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Addressing the last SLFP rally for the forthcoming local government elections held today (7) in Polonnaruwa President Maithripala Sirisena said he does not wish to form a government with corrupt politicians from any party.

While stating that he left the Rajapaksa Government in 2014 due to fraud and corruption, President Maithripala Sirisena today said he was surprised at the way the incumbent Government was behaving.

President Sirisena said had decided not to form a Government with fraudsters. “I have taken a clear policy decision not to form a Government with such parties-be it the former regime or the present one,” he said.

He said his plan after leaving the Mahinda Rajapaksa government in 2014 was to engage in clean politics. But I became disillusioned after the new government was formed to see what was taking place in the highest echelons of power and this has made me even more determined to form my own government that does not include corrupt politicians, the President said.

He thanked the people of Polonnaruwa for attending the final rally of the SLFP in such great numbers and said no one from outside the Polonnaruwa District was brought to the meeting.

It is the people of Polonnaruwa that I owe so much for my journey into politics. You are all gathered here to ensure a massive victory for the SLFP and the UPFA at the February 10 local government election, he said.

First we have to identify the problems we are facing today. The UNP’s election theme is “let us develop the village”. Mahinda Rajapaksa wants people to vote for them in order to protest against the present government's inability to manage the economy and the country.

But as SLFPers we ask for your vote to develop the country and the village with a well disciplined, cultured generation of politicians.

He asked the people to vote for the party and to support the SLFP as it works for a better future. Our symbol for Polonnaruwa and several other districts is the hand. In Colombo and the Badulla District the symbol we are using is the betel leaf. In the hill country we are affiliated with Mr. Thondaman’s party and contest under the symbol of the rooster. In the east the SLFP and Mr. Attaullah’s party contest as an alliance and our symbol is the horse.

During my recent visit to Jaffna the Tamil people and the Muslims expressed their support for our victory, the President said. He requested the whole country to rally round him to help him fight corruption and develop the country. (K.G. Karunaratne)

  Comments - 19

  • city Wednesday, 07 February 2018 07:56 PM

    Final countdown.....Curtains down from on the 11th your with a new government Sir,it reminds me that famous song 'me rate minissu munta bageta pissu'.

    Gayan Wednesday, 07 February 2018 08:24 PM

    But can continue with one.

    Dr. Gurusinghe Wednesday, 07 February 2018 08:51 PM

    Too little too late! Where was he when it became evident that A. Mahendran quite likely cheated Sri Lankan people?

    Nimal Maama Wednesday, 07 February 2018 09:38 PM

    A very good decision, I hope you will "walk the talk". If so majority will support you at the right time

    mk Wednesday, 07 February 2018 09:46 PM

    Ahem. Werent you part of the former government? Plus didnt you take a whole lot of corrupt politicians to your side specially through the national list?

    Aruna Wednesday, 07 February 2018 09:53 PM

    No matter what you say, you have got only words with no means or proven records and, people can't be deceived yet again.

    kumudu Wednesday, 07 February 2018 09:56 PM

    Sir,Why are you holding documents without making it public?

    JR Wednesday, 07 February 2018 10:00 PM

    Sir yes good idea give the UNP and have break

    Lawy Wednesday, 07 February 2018 10:16 PM

    Defeated corrupt guys too??

    Sincere Wednesday, 07 February 2018 10:29 PM

    First sack all those who have been involved in corruption in last 8 years first and then in the last 3 years. Its time to walk the talk! If that happens my vote for you in 2020 is sure!

    abey Wednesday, 07 February 2018 10:37 PM

    That is great. But why did you force the former Director General of Bribery Commission out when she was doing a good job which happened to be against your guys.

    Bullcrap Wednesday, 07 February 2018 10:38 PM

    Oops! Who remains

    DJ Wednesday, 07 February 2018 10:44 PM

    Guess he forgot that many of his own party stalwarts are hugely currupt as well. Try importing cause there are no honest politicians in Lanka

    Udda Wednesday, 07 February 2018 11:00 PM

    He is getting more and more hysterical... Hopefully the fever will subside after tonight.

    Yahapala Wednesday, 07 February 2018 11:04 PM

    May with the JVP.

    Gune Thursday, 08 February 2018 10:43 AM

    As a voter I am surprised that your daughter gets all the advertising contracts in the country. I am surprised that you fist appointment was your own brother as the chairman of SLT.I am surprised that you were hell bent on buying a useless warship at excessive price because of Maharajas.I am surprised that your son attends UN sessions when he is least qualified to do so. Mr. President don't blame others just blame yourself. We voted you into power in 2015 not RW.

    ase Thursday, 08 February 2018 11:18 AM

    hmm !! I think after elections you will have enough time to think back what you have said in the last many years, specially first your comment "I will be a non party president to serve you all " what about this now yelling round the country "vote for my party" and what happen to "World Bank case"-- your daughters advertising firm ?? your brother as" telecom boss" etc. etc... One cant believe your honesty as you preach, There are much more but be sure you will never have come to this position with out UNPers think about that too.

    chandra Thursday, 08 February 2018 05:50 PM

    Sir, Please eradicate frauds and corruptions from country. People are with U. Specially from Courts and Ag's Department.

    CITIZEN Thursday, 08 February 2018 11:26 PM


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