In a hard-hitting letter to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, President Maithripala Sirisena as the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) today asked Mr. Rajapaksa not to raise communalism and said that he will not be appointed Prime Minister even if the party gets more than 113 parliamentary seats as there are more senior SLFPers who could be appointed as the Premier.
The President also said if the party did not reach the 113 mark, he could intervene to bridge the gap.
In the five-page detailed letter, the President said there were seniors such as Nimal Siripala de Silva, John Seneviratne, A.H.M. Fowzie, Chamal Rajapaksa, Susil Premajayantha, Athauda Seneviratne and Anura Priyadarshana Yapa to be picked as the Prime Minister if the UPFA secured an overall majority at the elections.
Therefore, he requested the former President to be generous and flexible, and to give his blessing for one of them to be appointed to the post. The President said it was hilarious to note Mr. Rajapaksa visiting temples with media coverage right from the day of his defeat at the January 8 election.
“In the media, I learnt of your intention to work closely with me. If you had such genuine intentions, I would like to bring to your notice certain matters. With the enactment of the 18th Amendment, people’s freedom and democratic rights were undermined. The social democratic outlook of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) suffered a serious assault as a result,” he said.
He said had the former president retired after the completion of two terms, other seniors of the party would have been afforded the opportunity to take over. Then, he said the SLFP would have produced both the President and the Prime Minister.
Comments - 34
modaya Friday, 14 August 2015 05:00 AM
Great sir, few words but great message.
Viruwan Thursday, 13 August 2015 07:19 PM
Hope MR will reply to this letter tomorrow morning. It is an open secret that the President is not neutral.
Uditha Friday, 14 August 2015 05:45 AM
Yes ..Sam...This is democracy, come and enjoy ..we are now!
Praba Saturday, 15 August 2015 08:35 PM
A confession written with the influence of someone. I am sorry for him.
Bat Man Friday, 14 August 2015 12:10 PM
Reminds me my O/L time. I asked to write if i become a president of Sri Lanka.
Gamaraala Thursday, 13 August 2015 05:14 PM
This is the end of many things.....
kamalhot Friday, 14 August 2015 08:14 AM
MY3 also elected by People, so it his duty to tell people about his idea about the current situation.
Unchikun Thursday, 13 August 2015 05:25 PM
Well said Sir, my great president . You are my hero!
Cyril n Thursday, 13 August 2015 05:26 PM
Bad show for MR camp.
sam Thursday, 13 August 2015 05:27 PM
Ground work begun, very well.
Gamini Godakanda Thursday, 13 August 2015 05:28 PM
Fist thing is what ever party get majority. Latter will decide cabinet and PM. Then all should have to face human rights issue.
Krish Friday, 14 August 2015 12:46 PM
Best President Ever!!!!
sam142 Thursday, 13 August 2015 05:34 PM
You reap what you sow
ranga Thursday, 13 August 2015 05:40 PM
why send a letter if MR was to loose...or had the winds changed via DM Android App
ziyard Thursday, 13 August 2015 05:34 PM
Mr.president, you will be remembered for your courage and honesty
sam Thursday, 13 August 2015 05:34 PM
Is this democracy? ha ha ha is this what called yahapalanaya?
Sim Thursday, 13 August 2015 05:35 PM
Coming color no good for MR and his henchmen
de silva Thursday, 13 August 2015 05:36 PM
What a brave man.I respect you Mr.Chairman.
fernando Friday, 14 August 2015 01:07 PM
better feel for elephant
kamal Friday, 14 August 2015 08:51 AM
Dear mahinda RajapakshaI congratulate you and all the party members who support us to win the election which was held on last 17th August. According to the people choice I’ll appointee you as the prime minister of Sri Lanka.Thank you,Maitreepala Sirisena.(President of Sri Lanka)
hansro Friday, 14 August 2015 08:54 AM
Timing is perfect.
Sunil Saturday, 15 August 2015 04:10 PM
I cannot imagine that President Sirisena and Mahinda Rajapakse could ever have been members of one party.One a statesman and a man of honour and the second a power hungry maniac.
aseem Friday, 14 August 2015 09:03 AM
Now people like government without corruption and fraud
Duminda Thursday, 13 August 2015 05:59 PM
People living in country knows what democracy they enjoyed. Okay
ranja Thursday, 13 August 2015 06:01 PM
Wow, great letter!!!!!!!!!!
Liberal One Thursday, 13 August 2015 06:01 PM
You do your job. People will decide who they want to be ruled by
Sikuru Thursday, 13 August 2015 06:06 PM
Well SLFP will not win anyway
BV Thursday, 13 August 2015 06:12 PM
A TRUE LEADER.NO NONSENSE WITH HIM. via DM Android App
asoka Thursday, 13 August 2015 10:53 PM
Hope Mahinda and the party will get a majority in this election and then impeach.
banda Thursday, 13 August 2015 06:12 PM
what then is democracy Sam
mnsmart Thursday, 13 August 2015 06:14 PM
All five bottles of poison which Dilan Perera had has been poured in one glass. well said Sir, you are our President.
Sri Wickrama Thursday, 13 August 2015 06:19 PM
My3 is a veteran politician who knows how to rise to the occasion.
Sikuru Thursday, 13 August 2015 06:22 PM
UPFA will lose anyway
Neil Friday, 14 August 2015 03:57 AM
Well said Sir.
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