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8 November 2019 05:04 pm - 16     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Taking a swipe at his opponent Sajith Premadasa, SLPP presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa said yesterday it was ridiculous for someone who, as a powerful minister had failed to deliver on his promises, would be able to deliver them when he becomes president.

Speaking at a rally in Ratnapura yesterday, he said he fulfilled all responsibilities entrusted to him as the Defence Secretary and the Secretary of the Urban Development Ministry.

“Though I was not a minister, I fulfilled the responsibilities given to me. It is ridiculous to note that someone who as a powerful minister couldn’t deliver on his pledges, today promising to do so after becoming president," Mr. Rajapaksa said.

He said it was a joke for that minister to pledge to uphold the rule of law after becoming the president when his government failed to uphold the rule of law.

“The IGP said he can bend the law and the Attorney General Department's higher officials said they can make and break laws at a time when the minister is still in the Cabinet,” Mr. Rajapaksa said adding that the entire Cabinet should be held responsible for the Easter Sunday attack and no one in it can say they could do a better job and ensure national security after becoming the president. (Lahiru Pothmulla)


  Comments - 16

  • Amare Friday, 08 November 2019 05:13 PM

    He did his job as Min of Housing very well. He was not Minister of Law and Order. In MR time there was no law - even GR said he will release army people in custody remanded by judges. They fully covered up their crimes like Lasantha Thajudeen Noyah etc. There was no law at all for GR MR combine.

    bul Friday, 08 November 2019 05:26 PM

    Making match box like houses which destroy the beauty of the country. Also burdening them by holding them on loans. Gotas development is with eye catching beauty while preserving the nature in par with international standards. Here comes quality

    Haramanis Friday, 08 November 2019 05:31 PM

    Look back on the UNP stage at FM Fonseka and you will see the person responsible for all the killings and abductions

    Tax Payer Friday, 08 November 2019 05:40 PM

    Amare is absolutely correct.

    max Friday, 08 November 2019 05:43 PM

    More than that, what did Sajith Prem do when sold the H'tota port, Geneva trap, Central Bank scam, Easter Sunday attack etc., etc.? Did he utter a word against such actions of the govt?

    Rufus Norton Friday, 08 November 2019 05:44 PM

    He did a wonderful service to the people of this country which the people won't forget. He will be a much better person than you because you will only be a puppet manipulated by your big brother.

    naomal Friday, 08 November 2019 05:57 PM

    Well done Amarai, your 100% correct, do not give the Rajapakses this country once again, because they ruined the country, don't talk lies and give hope to people, who sold the country its you who sold, what about Shangri-lla hotel land, please answer the questions what sajin Vass is about to expose it tomorrow day after, he wants to tell the public what you did (your corruption from 2010 to 2015) please come for a debate, your scared, don't worry you will never win this election. and that's for sure. sajith is a genuine Buddhist man, not like a RPS criminal. Thank you.

    Tyrrel Ignatius Friday, 08 November 2019 06:33 PM

    I agree as he is building houses in the Country and making mess of our nature. But where the houses need more in COLOMBO nothing is done. HIS VISION IS VOTE NOT ECONOMICS. Therefore I support Mr Rajapakses statment.

    Buddhist Friday, 08 November 2019 06:54 PM

    Same question to you Gota, you killed so many including Lasantha, so you are going to do the killings better?

    Lion Friday, 08 November 2019 07:06 PM

    Very true he couldn’t built his fathers memorial on. State accounts.

    Sathya Friday, 08 November 2019 07:39 PM

    Yes Definitely .. which is why He will become President in few days ahead....

    Mahila Friday, 08 November 2019 08:15 PM

    White vans did not bend the law. Signature quality of the jack boot and not law and order

    Educator Friday, 08 November 2019 08:40 PM

    Some educate Mr.Rajapakse that a Minister is not the same as a President.

    Dee Friday, 08 November 2019 08:55 PM

    Hey Mr. 'Secretary' ! Has your vocal skills improved? Better. Before you return to the states!

    raaa Saturday, 09 November 2019 09:49 PM

    if someone in a position in a government committed war crimes by giving orders, what that person can do if that person becomes the president of the country.

    raa Saturday, 09 November 2019 09:51 PM

    Canada is the one of the country Gota avoid visiting because he would face charges in the Canadian legal system for the crimes committed during the war

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