Commenting on the loss of his parliamentary seat, General Sarath Fonseka today said it should be given back to him in a manner similar to the reinstatement of former Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake and was even prepared to go to Court on this matter because President Maithripala Sirisena had cleared him of all ‘bogus’ allegations.
“The Government decided that the impeachment of Dr. Bandaranayake was null and void and as such should be reinstated in her post. Similarly there are no allegations against me either and my rights, privileges and decorations were restored to me. Therefore, I too must have access to my parliamentary seat. This is how we perceive this issue,” he said.
General Fonseka said MP Jayantha Ketagoda had vowed to relinquish his seat, but was backing out with various reasons though the Elections Commissioner and the Attorney General had informed Mr. Ketagoda that he could resign and make way for him to enter Parliament.
However, he said he would not beg for his parliamentary seat.
“The seat is only valid for a short time. We aren’t asking for the seat to get vehicle permits or other VIP privileges. But our party members will be pleased if we are given back this seat because we too played a role in the victory of this Government,” he said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)
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Comments - 22
Azee Tuesday, 10 February 2015 06:26 PM
Why is Ketagoda playing hide and seek Is he remote controlled via DM Android App
shanthapriya Wednesday, 11 February 2015 09:20 AM
YOU WERE NOT CLEARED OF THE CRIMES YOU COMMITTED. ONLY A PRESIDENTIAL PARDON HAS BEEN GIVEN
Chandadasa Tuesday, 10 February 2015 06:55 PM
Absolutely !MR removed him from the parliment to take revenge for contesting at the presidential election with him.
SHANTHAPRIYA Wednesday, 11 February 2015 09:28 AM
SIR DONT GO TO APPLY THIS THEORY EVERYWHERE . BECAUSE RANIL TOO WILL LOSE HIS PREMIERSHIP IF SAME THEORY APPLIED.
Raj Amarasinghe Tuesday, 10 February 2015 07:08 PM
Attn. Mr. SF, It sould be dne fairly and accordance with the law, also have to be in accordance with the due process of the law. please be patience, time will come
nazeem Tuesday, 10 February 2015 07:14 PM
Restoring JUSTICE is a priority of Maithree Govt. Hence re-instatement of Gen. Sarath Fonseka according to his statement is very clear. I, like many other democracy loving Sri Lankans, am looking forward to see this great event.
sarath Tuesday, 10 February 2015 07:15 PM
Sir, you had an honourable career. Please give up the political career and enjoy your retirement with dignity. You deserve all the accolades that you are likely to receive as a distinguished Army Officer. Politics is a dirty game for those who cannot achieve the heights you have achieved. Good Luck and God Bless You in the future.
Deeghagamini Tuesday, 10 February 2015 07:22 PM
you are a well disciplined war hero.Please be patient.The God will give you everything that belongs to you.
sri Tuesday, 10 February 2015 07:51 PM
Very true !
Desmond Jeromme Wednesday, 11 February 2015 02:43 AM
Now you are a King and very soon you will become a King Maker.
J Paliha Wednesday, 11 February 2015 02:44 AM
Yes it will be done, be patient Sir and trust on MS
Bubble Banda Wednesday, 11 February 2015 02:55 AM
If General SF plays his normal game, Peanut Ketagoda will be no more.
Desmond Jeromme Wednesday, 11 February 2015 02:57 AM
True and Correct, MR is still scared of SF.But very soon he will sit in the Parliament.
Kavan ratnayaka Wednesday, 11 February 2015 04:43 AM
Please be patient sir . Such statements are too emotional and will be self damaging for your political career.
rosebud Wednesday, 11 February 2015 04:50 AM
SF should be treated with extreme caution. Like a dangerous object. via DM Android App
Giabao Tuesday, 10 February 2015 09:41 PM
His argument and logic is 100% correct. And what he is asking is very fair..... it is a nominal gesture. It is shame if the govt cannot honor it. After all this guy did a lot to bring this govt to power.
Waco Tuesday, 10 February 2015 05:32 PM
Sir, patience pays. Please wait for the election. Do your home work and get ready for the election.
Sammy Tuesday, 10 February 2015 05:47 PM
So you, sir, are requesting for the govt to go through another illegal procedure to reinstate you? Why this impatience to get to a position of power?
Ryan Tuesday, 10 February 2015 05:54 PM
are you really worth it?
Somasiri Waidyatilake Tuesday, 10 February 2015 05:56 PM
If there is no amicable solution better remove Mr JK by informing EC that he has crossed over to UPFA and no longer a member of DP as this seat belongs to DP and not to UPFA
Thunderbird Tuesday, 10 February 2015 06:01 PM
I cannot imaging where our country is if this man came to power in 2010 presidential election. He is a vary dangerous man and should be kept in his place. Just think about how he acted after 8th Jan 2015. He did not come to presidents oaths ceremony, did not come to independence day and also comments he is making. There is one article about he wants all three commanders removed.
Ramesh Jayaratne Tuesday, 10 February 2015 06:14 PM
I respect Gen Fonseka as a Army Gen .. but lanu kanna epa
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