Sports Minister Navin Dissanayake today asked former president Mahinda Rajapaksa to disclose whether it was the same “Gang of robbers” that would govern the country if he was elected prime minister again.
The minister said some MPs including himself quit the previous government as a means of expressing their protest at the incidence of fraud and corruption committed by some politicians during the previous regime.
He said it was clear that Mr. Rajapaksa was carrying out his political campaign through falsehoods and deception. The minister said that Mr. Rajapaksa had even falsely claimed that 59 army camps in the North had been removed.
“We ask Mr. Rajapaksa to name even a single army camp that had been removed as claimed by him. We will not allow any such thing to happen. As a veteran politician he should not make such blatantly false statements,” the minister said.
He said the former president had not made any statement regarding the allegations made against him including those of having misused state vehicles, palatial houses built in several parts of the country and the corruption involved in road construction projects.(Ajith Siriwardana)
Comments - 13
nan Friday, 26 June 2015 01:09 PM
remember when the first president said the mahaweli flows through the apple estates in Australia. in 1980?
sacre blieu Friday, 26 June 2015 09:24 AM
The Majhaweli scheme also was known to have been full of corruption and it was estimated that about 309% was skimmed off in various ways.me people sent their money to the USA and was able to obtain residential visas.
Siri Thursday, 25 June 2015 06:07 PM
Most of those robbers are on your side now
Asokamala Thursday, 25 June 2015 03:08 PM
Who else will back The King of Robbers
Giabao Thursday, 25 June 2015 03:17 PM
LOL. it is laughable that you call them robbers. were you or your yahapalana govt were able to prove these robberies ?
priyantha Thursday, 25 June 2015 03:17 PM
Mr. Minister, Get your ministry in order. how many local sports governing bodies are banned by international governing bodies ? you have lot to learn. Being only a Dissanayake is not enough. we still remember how accelerated Mahaveli development was done.
Cha Friday, 26 June 2015 10:48 AM
One of the "Gang of robbers" speaks out loud.
Mick Thursday, 25 June 2015 03:24 PM
I would like to ask Navin that would you continue with the same central bank governor and the same finance minister Ravi?
vimukthi Thursday, 25 June 2015 03:26 PM
Navin, you were one of the robbers in that administration.I hope you can remember that. Better shut your mouth.
Liberal One Thursday, 25 June 2015 03:36 PM
Half of the gang because the other half is in the government now.
Waco Thursday, 25 June 2015 03:37 PM
Now it is up to the people to reject those rouges.
maheshika Friday, 26 June 2015 11:30 AM
I could laugh from the other end. Mr Navin, I do not know about you. The gang of robbers have already left Mahinda and joined So called Yahapalanaya. Thugs who destroy Mahinda name are doing the same to Sirisena now.People in Srilanka really wanted to get rid of those thugs and robbers. Unfortunately they are with Sirisena now. We have seen those thugs and robbers praising Sirisena on Media shows, which gives us a hint that they were pardened by President.The other thing is all corrupt politicians in present parliament togethr have brought the economy to a stand still. We do not want to witness corruption any more.
Harry Thursday, 25 June 2015 04:24 PM
Only allegations nothing proved 100 50 days gone all are in the same boat fooling the public.
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