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I funded my own election campaign: Ajith Perera

13 June 2018 08:46 am - 11     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


State Minister Ajith P Perera yesterday said he had used his own funds and funds borrowed from his family members for the election campaign and had not accepted any funds from Perpetual Treasuries Chief Arjun Aloysius or from anyone else.

“Politicians carry out their campaigns using funds they get from various sources. However one cannot justify some of the methods used to generate funds. At the same time one cannot say that the habit of generating funds for campaigns through such means is correct all the time,” the state minister admitted.

State Minister Perera said he had not accepted any money from anyone. “I barely know Aloysius and have not met or spoken to him,” he said. Asked whether he is prepared to provide an affidavit to this effect, he said it is not necessary as one’s conscience is much more important. “Is anyone required by law to submit affidavits saying he or she is not involved in any crime?” he questioned the media.

Further, he said persons have been charged with greater crimes that this is accusing others of accepting cheques from Aloysius. “Some persons who have several court cases pending against them are accusing others of accepting cheques from Aloysius," he charged. (Yohan Perera)

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  Comments - 11

  • Prof. M.K. Keethiratne Wednesday, 13 June 2018 10:56 AM

    Sir, the people who got millions also say so, but the reality is not that all you guys got money from Aloysius.

    J.T. Taranga Leelaratne (Attorney-at-Law) Wednesday, 13 June 2018 11:00 AM

    Don't lie Ajith, I am your good friend.

    dulan Wednesday, 13 June 2018 04:33 PM

    Why does he need enemies with friends like you?

    Dhammika Wednesday, 13 June 2018 11:19 AM

    SIR , Dont TARNISH your name and the UNP which you represent . UNP allways had an elite generation of politicians with respect who contributed for the motherland which is rapidly DETEORATING . Make sure your contribution in politics will be for the betterment of the nation and NOT SELF ! .

    Thilanga Wednesday, 13 June 2018 11:22 AM

    How does he plan to repay the funds he borrowed from his family members?

    Southpaw Wednesday, 13 June 2018 05:28 PM

    By giving them lucrative contracts that will give them a Handsome Return on Investment.

    banker Wednesday, 13 June 2018 11:26 AM

    Sir how are you repaying the borrowing. With your nominal salary at parliament. Other perks are to be spent on bahalf of the counries administration and developement

    Dee Wednesday, 13 June 2018 11:55 AM

    Say what? Get an 'interim order'. You can't get arrested for any crime. Big or small

    Sofia Wednesday, 13 June 2018 03:36 PM

    Why not try anticipatory bail - this is the fashion now for those who have guilty consciences. And lot of help from law always there for rich and powerrful.

    karthik Wednesday, 13 June 2018 04:51 PM

    118 is a big number and all those who are in the so calledlist are now coming out with various cock and bull stories. people do not believe anyone of you due the long list of names.

    CITIZEN Friday, 15 June 2018 09:56 AM

    We hope so! But, your colleague Sujeewa waxed eloquent on his honesty more than you do!!! We are NONPLUSSED!!!

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