Former President and MP Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said same fate had befallen on both him and President Maithripala Sirisena, because both of their tenures of presidency had been reduced by at least one year.
Addressing a Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) rally held in Kaduwela, he said he made a mistake by calling for presidential election two years prior to his tenure was expired.
“I call it a sacrifice. When things go wrong, let’s call it a sacrifice. (laughter among people). I was labelled as a dictator back then. Whose the dictator now? The President wanted to see if he could hold office for six years instead of five. What happened to me happened to Maithri as well. That’s what called Dittha dhamma vedaniya kamma,” he said.
He said the President might have asked for the Supreme Court opinion over the tenure after giving into advises of those around him. “Now that he has lost, he is coming up with various excuses. Losing is good. Then you get to know people well,” he said.
Commenting on President Sirisena’s decision to withdraw two gazettes which reformed business hours of liquor stores and lift ban on women purchasing liquor, Mr. Rajapaksa said it seemed a setup.
“The President is aspiring to spearhead the Temperance Movement. There are more pressing issues in the country. A 14-year-old girl was raped and killed recently. Underworld crimes are escalating. Attention should be made to these issues,” he said.
Meanwhile, he said the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) today follows Chandrika Bandaranaike principles instead of S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike principles.
He invited people to come and cast their votes to the SLPP at the Local Government election to be held on February 10. “To rectify the mistake made on January 8 (2015), come vote for lotus bud on February 10,” he said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)
Srilankan Tuesday, 16 January 2018 07:42
To tell the least all are theives, cut throat baffons and looters. We as voters need to select the least courrpt one?????
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Lord Wolfstein Tuesday, 16 January 2018 07:50
This dumped dictator no longer recognizes reality indicating a mental illness.
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Shehan Tuesday, 16 January 2018 08:00
You're very correct. Dittha damma vedaniya karma just began Mr.Ex.
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ANTON Tuesday, 16 January 2018 08:01
WHY SIR??? YOU ALSO GOT CAUGHT TO MARIKKAR FOR PICK POCKETING ???
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Kanthi Tuesday, 16 January 2018 08:32
The dignity and honour maintained by President JR Jayawardena after his retirement is admirable. This ex-president is exactly opposite of that. Why it is so could be adjudged by the way he brought up his three sons.
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mal Monday, 22 January 2018 18:21
All 3 Ex presidents from the SLFP are same ... Supposed to be Buddhists as well ... but attached to the core and don't want to let go!
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scooby Doo Tuesday, 16 January 2018 08:48
Hah Ha MARA Played Appachchi game and SERIOUS SENA is playing Baba game.
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silva Tuesday, 16 January 2018 09:57
least corrupt, Vote JVP , This is election for local councils
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Sangaralingham Tuesday, 16 January 2018 10:02
Everything in life is temporary. You just pass through life. Society just let you have an opportunity to serve the honest able one often given a second chance but fresh faces with new progressive ideas must earn a position to save the country with respect to social values national unity
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Doug Tuesday, 16 January 2018 10:34
You were gabble enough to believe in astrologers, calling for elections early, to win another term. Mithri learnt from your mistakes.
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Countryman Tuesday, 16 January 2018 10:44
Yes, it is true - "what happened you happened to Maithri" - that is because of both you are EQUALLY weak.
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Simple Simon Wednesday, 17 January 2018 15:08
Judging by the comments it shows how unpopular the EX is. I think he should retire gracefully and do some good Karma to be born in the "manussa loka" maybe there is still a bit of time left
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