Meanwhile Minister Abeywardena hit out at the opposition party JVP for initiating a campaign called ‘Mahindata thun parak beha’ (Mahinda can’t 3 times) even before announcing a Presidential election. Highlighting opposition parties’ hypocrisy, he asked why they are so scared of President Rajapaksa and asked to present a better contender than the incumbent Rajapaksa if possible.
He further recalled that the 18th amendment to the constitution was passed in parliament in September 2010 with the consent of masses, enabling the contender to contest more than twice for Presidency. “We are not asking the people’s mandate by force or illegally. So, why do they carry out poster campaigns saying Mahindata thun parak beha?”
“When Mahinda Rajapaksa contested for the Presidential election in 2005, they said he could not win, but he won. Some said, he could not defeat the world’s most ruthless terrorism outfit, but he did. Some also said, he could not revive the economy, but it is taking shape as never before.