It was because of what I achieved in the North that President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe now have the opportunity to insult me when they go to the North, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said.
Addressing a Sathyagraha organized by the joint opposition (JO) he said, “The incumbent government has violated the independence that we acquired after defeating the LTTE. The people’s democratic rights are being violated by postponing the elections".
“The situation is going from bad to worse. The country is heading towards an autocratic form of governance rather a democratic rule,” the former president said.
“Therefore, it is our responsibility to restore democracy by forming a new government,” he added. (Sheain Fernandopulle)
Pix by Waruna Wanniarachchi
Buddhi Perera Thursday, 6 September 2018 00:20
When we see the faces of the "flower" and "gold" in the 6th picture, one will know how successful they were
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kayjay Thursday, 6 September 2018 00:40
Why don't this guy come through a decent way through people's to power - doesn't he have sense to understand that someone else has been elected as president.....????? this is the real poverty in SL.
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Ram Thursday, 6 September 2018 01:35
Mahinda Sir, You won the war thanks to the forces led by SF. Having won the war you did not attempt to improve the living standards of the people but went through mega projects to proper your name that allegedly gave you commission. Yes Yahapalanaya did not achieve what they promised to bring the rogues before courts and they failed.
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Manek Thursday, 6 September 2018 01:52
MR did not achieve anything in North. It was the heroes of the armed forces who achieved everything.
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Jude Thursday, 6 September 2018 08:41
Hey Manek, MR did one thing and one thing good, he MR provided great political leadership Wipedout terrorism, that no other politicians could NOT , mind you am notta fan of MR!! I call a spade a spade!!!
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samson Thursday, 6 September 2018 08:57
Just out of curiosity wasn't the heroes of the armed forces on the field from the beginning of the war? I'm not saying MR is the best leader per se. But if RW would have won the election in 2005, this country is still suffering from the war.
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Thanga Thursday, 6 September 2018 02:19
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said that it was because of what he achieved in the North that President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe now have the opportunity to insult me when they go to the North, This is not the first time the former President has bragged about what he did for the North. He also used to claim it is he who liberated the Tamil People from the clutches of the LTTE. If these claims are true, why did the people of the North decisively rejected him in 2010 as well as in 2015? Why his party was trounced by the people of the North during the local government elections held in March 2018? Does Mahinda want the Tamils to forget about the carpet bombing carried out at Mullivaaikkal in which thousands perished? Does he wants the Tamils to forget about starving the people claiming there were only 70,000 people when in reality there were 282,000 people! Does he want the Tamils to forget about the 500 odd LTTE cadres shot to death?
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Ramu Thursday, 6 September 2018 09:16
No reason to pull this issue again and again,It was life and death matter,LTTe death squad was there to kill as many as possible, indifferent to child or woman or old,they must be eradicated, that was done ,but there after whole island is in peace , remember US marines killed unarmed Osama, while he was on bed with his wives
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1958-1983B Thursday, 6 September 2018 13:10
Ramu my blood boils to read your comment. You seems to have a rosy life in SL.My grandparents were brutally assaulted and house burnt in 1958. My parents lost their house in 1983. My cousin was pulled out ,stabbed and killed in 1983. You moron wants us to forget all these? One cannot erase history.
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Jude Thursday, 6 September 2018 05:07
MR, I give full credit for you for providing political leadership to finish the menace of terrorism!!!!
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Cause Thursday, 6 September 2018 08:30
The root cause for the Terrorism to emerge is the oppression by Sinhalese on Tamils
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ram Thursday, 6 September 2018 08:47
I agree with you that Mahinda finished the war but how it was. thousand of civilians killed and many disabled while their properties damaged and still their land grabbed by the forces. Is it the meaning of liberalization.
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SUMANAPALA Thursday, 6 September 2018 08:03
MR MAHINDA YOU CERTAINLY DID BRING PROSPERUS ANDHARMONY TO SRILANKA BUT YOU TOTALLY INEFFICIENT INCAPABLE OF STOPPING ALL CORRUPTION IN SRILANKA IF YOU DID THAT OUR SRILANKA IS THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN SOUTH ASIA
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johan Thursday, 6 September 2018 08:41
We cannot understand what is the use of the organisers bringing people in buses giving them food parcels,cigratte and arrack bottles by spending millions of rupees.Everyone knows MR family wants to keep the power with them for ever and their idea is just to divert the attention of the public on the failures of the Govt. than their corrupt politics.A new Government after next elections means it should notbe JO or SLPP.These are same old vessels with new logos
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TONY Thursday, 6 September 2018 08:47
MR IS FAMOUS FOR WASTE. SEE THIS PROTEST. HOW MUCH MANPOWER AND MONEY HAS BEEN WASTED ONLY TO SATISFY HIMSELF AS A POPULAR PERSON, WHILE IN FACT HE IS NOT AS POPULAR AS BEFORE AFTER HE PLUNDERED THE COUNTRY. HE SPENDS MILLIONS ON POSTERS AND BANNERS OF HIMSELF TO BE DISPLAYED AROUND THE COUNTRY SIMILAR TO SADDAM HUSSAIN
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Dulan Thursday, 6 September 2018 08:52
But he leads the menace of Sinhala racism the root cause for Prabhas violence
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Sangaralingham Thursday, 6 September 2018 09:08
H is still waiting for development redevelopment political and social. improvement better employment projectsLooking carefully the scenery some politicians are more intresting in cars and seats not helping needy schools updating local health facilities transport garbage disposal programs welfare of elderly widows.
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Confused public Thursday, 6 September 2018 12:01
I want to know what is achieved here? Is bringing bus load of people is an achievement? We know most of Sri Lankans are lazy and jobless. I need answer for 2 questions . Can Mahinda or gotta can be president? Let's be clear. As per constitution no 3rd term for a ex president and for a dual citizen can't become a president. So what is the purpose of this balaya?
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Vaalan Thursday, 6 September 2018 12:45
Why MR is protesting.? Is it because of lack of freedom of expression? High cost of living? Or the current government failing to bring them to courts? If it is the cost of living, then he knows he himself is partly to blame. We are getting confused
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I won the war Thursday, 6 September 2018 13:47
It is so confusing who won the war? one side MR says he won, then Gotta says he won, SF says he won , others say forces won. So who won? if it is a boxing match can say tyson won.
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