The UNP yesterday questioned as to whether former President Mahinda Rajapaksa opposed the proposed Economic and Technological Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) and the Public Private Partnership deal with regard to the Mattala Airport during his visit to India in the same way he opposed them in Sri Lanka
UNP MP Harshana Rajakaruna told a media briefing that it was funny not to hear reports which said the former President had opposed the proposed deals which the Sri Lankan government is planning to get into with India when he met the Indian Prime Minister on Wednesday. “We have seen the former President opposing the proposed deals with Indian whenever he is in Sri Lanka. However we did not see such a behavior from him when he visits India,” MP. Rajakaruna said.
“Mr. Rajapaksa had actually stated he had not discussed the Mattala Airport deal when he met the Indian Prime Minister but had only said that he has an issue with the privatization programme of Maithripala Sirisena's government. Why has he not opposed the deal the way he does in Sri Lanka? Why did not he express his objection on the deal when he met Prime Minister Modi?” Mr. Rajakaruna questioned.
UNP MP Thushara Indunil Amarasena who also participated in the news conference said MP Wimal Weerawansa should ask the people to hoist black flags to oppose the former President’s meeting with the Indian Prime Minister. “ Mr. Weerasana asked the people to hoist black flags when Prime Minister Modi was visiting Sri Lanka for the International Vesak festival. He should ask the people to do the same when former President returns to the island after meeting the Indian Prime Minister,” he said.
Both MPs said former President should have opposed the proposed deals between the Indian and the Sri Lankan government if they were genuinely opposing them.
The MPs also responded to the statement made by the former President that one of his brothers will contest for the presidential elections next year questioning as to whether there is no one else to contest for the post other than the Rajapaksas. They also said Mr. Rajapaksa should mention as to which brother of his is going to get the candidature at the next presidential election. (Yohan Perera)
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Comments - 14
Mahesh Friday, 14 September 2018 06:38 AM
He didn't oppose or not. Mind your business. Work on your duties. Work for my country. I'm paying taxes for 15 years with my hard earn work for my country. You need to do the same. Do your duties to this country please!
Dutchy Friday, 14 September 2018 07:04 AM
Mahinda believes in Pearl of the indian ocean concept inherited from our forefathers
Ghost Friday, 14 September 2018 07:27 AM
It's elementary, don't you see?
Gamaya Friday, 14 September 2018 07:49 AM
This clearly shows MR political double standards. Political goons!
Ram Friday, 14 September 2018 08:26 AM
You circus jokers need to stop blaming Rajapakse's and get your act together...most inefficient gov in the history of SL...Only good at robbing the state coffer and blame Rajapakse's.....ZERO development for the last 3 years...
Unchikun Friday, 14 September 2018 08:27 AM
Ah! What about your boss ? He goes to India and say we are not in a China Debt Trap. In Sri Lanka the song is difference Both RW, MS and MR has to be sent to the bin at the next election.
lakshitha Friday, 14 September 2018 08:50 AM
Correct..why didnt MR oppose Mattala deal when he met Modi Indian Prime Minister,,,if he says asstes are being sold and he loves this country,,,we know about this bluffer although some dont want to know,,,
Jaliya Friday, 14 September 2018 04:56 PM
Doesn't matter what MR said or didn't say in India ... it was not an official visit by the member of the current government. It was a visit planned by him and paid by him, he represented himself, therefore what is said stays with himself.
Mandy Saturday, 15 September 2018 04:40 PM
Then why publicise in papers - he can keep them to himself.
Wise Donkey Friday, 14 September 2018 04:59 PM
Talking something to the public here and just the opposite in front of Modi. Can you expect anything better from the politicians?
Manel Saturday, 15 September 2018 04:38 AM
This man does not know how leaders act when dealing with foreign leaders. He perhaps like Mervin Silva like characters.
Ranji Saturday, 15 September 2018 05:17 AM
He is just jealous how MR was treated in India.
Triple X Saturday, 15 September 2018 05:23 AM
Ok if you say you, your PM, your President and your party are better, please show it by your deeds to the country and not spending and enjoying by ONLY talking and blaming.
Lanka Saturday, 15 September 2018 06:06 AM
Cool idiot in government, you do something good for the country. Don't pass the ball to others to show your ideology. He is out of power now.You idiot think that India going to change whatever deal with you asking MR opinion ?
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