Former president, Mahinda Rajapaksa MP, said yesterday that he was not a backstabber and would only topple the government when Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was in the country and not when he was abroad.
In response to the prime minister’s remark that Mr. Rajapaksa could do whatever he wanted to after he left for Switzerland on January 17, the former president said Mr. Wickremesinghe had nothing to fear from him.
“I assure the prime minister that I won’t topple the government while he is away. Backstabbing is not in my nature. Everything will be done in a democratic manner when he is in the country. There is nothing for him to be afraid of. He can leave for Switzerland and come back safely,” Mr. Rajapaksa told the journalists at his political office in Battaramulla.
He said the year 2017 would be a crucial one and that privatisation of state enterprises, division of the country, economic failure and political witchhunts would continue in the new year as well.
“We had the ability to pay back loans but this government has lost that. We increased the value of the country and in fact I added an extra block of land to the country. Today, the president continues to declare open development projects initiated by us, and the premier continues to sell them,” he said.
Commenting on the development projects in Hambantota, Mr. Rajapaksa said the port and the airport were long term investments which had added great value to the area and to the country.
Meanwhile, referring to the laying of a foundation stone for a vehicle assembly plant in Kuliyapitiya, he said it was uncertain whether the factory was really a Volkswagen factory.
“It seems this factory will not produce -- but only assemble -- some cars of inferior quality and sell those to us. Don’t think it will be able to export any. We already have several vehicle assembly plants in the country,” he said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)
Comments - 13
ananda Thursday, 05 January 2017 01:10 AM
What democracy you are talking about. Bribing the government MPs of the SLFP with 100million like the 17 UNP mps crossed over we have not forgotten. via DM Android App
unknownn Thursday, 05 January 2017 03:37 AM
happy new year gift from MR to RW via DM Android App
DJ Thursday, 05 January 2017 04:28 AM
Power hungry and greed to come back to power has no bounds
ranmala Thursday, 05 January 2017 06:26 AM
You can day dream as long as you like' You can only become an MP not a PM any more.
rohani Friday, 06 January 2017 09:26 AM
SRI LANKANS WANT PEACE PLEASE. DO NOT RUIN OUR COUNTRY AGAIN.
ghaffa Thursday, 05 January 2017 08:16 PM
Dream you can not do that, your days are over FINISH
Samantha perera Thursday, 05 January 2017 10:05 AM
The backstaber took 17 MPs whiles discussing with the opp.leader for unity govt.
shanthapriya Thursday, 05 January 2017 11:06 AM
Niether I will look for a common candidate and have hoppers with anybody while he is away
Lima Thursday, 05 January 2017 11:12 AM
WHAT A SHAME, LOST TO A MINISTER IN HIS OWN GOVT. NOW TALKING NUTS. OLD AGE CATCHING BECOME INSANE IN MINDS ALONG WITH ALL JOs SAME MANNER. YOU KEEP ON DREAMING ALONG WITH JO AND THOSE ROBED MONKS WHO ARE BEHIND YOU FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF THE COUNTRY. LET THE COUNTRY PROSPER WITH MS AND RW
Bubble Banda Thursday, 05 January 2017 11:37 AM
MR do it if you can. You are shedding mud only to your face.
J Palitha Thursday, 05 January 2017 11:38 AM
If you are honest, still you could be in power. As you robbed the country now you are mentally suffering.
Kiris Baba Amaray Thursday, 05 January 2017 11:42 AM
Hay Rajapakshe neither you or your family members should not even dream to rule our nation.
WISE DONKEY Thursday, 05 January 2017 11:51 AM
So, is the old talk of alleged coup by MR still a reality, since it has become an open threat?
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