Opposition MP Dr. Bandula Gunawardana today asked under what laws the Elections Commission has said that it was prohibited to use war victory and slogans in the election campaigns.
He said as a member of the Constitutionality, he cannot figure out under what laws or regulations that the EC has said campaigners can’t use war victory.
Addressing a news briefing, Dr. Gunawardana said the LTTE could not be defeated by any of the previous commandants-in-chief because they did not have a defence secretary like Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
“None of the previous presidents were able to defeat the LTTE since no defence secretary was able to strategise the war properly. Without Gotabaya’s efficient strategies, the LTTE could not have been defeated. That’s why we request the people to rally behind him when there is a terror threat again. No one is committed to national security like Gotabaya. If the Elections Commission is prohibiting to use war victory in campaigns, maybe we can talk about reasons led to military defeats during the war,” he said.
He said under President Ranasinghe Premadasa’s era, tax payer’s money was sent to fund the LTTE through the government. “We have receipts to prove this. If false, anyone can file a case against us for forgery. At one point, two UNP leaders Lalith Athulathmudali and Gamini Dissanayake brought an impeachment motion against President Premadasa for funding the LTTE,” he said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)
War was won by the soldiers, not the politicians who were living in Colombo.
Marcian Christopher Friday, 18 October 2019 10:05 AM
Empty vessels make the most sound.
Bhagawaan Friday, 18 October 2019 11:04 AM
Sir , it may not be due to a law but it’s to prevent confusion among the voters
Former secretary of defense says the army
Was responsible for the victory not the politicians . The army chief responsible for that victory is against your party
Isn’t that going to give some advantage to the UNP propaganda?
That’s why friend
Girigoris Singho Friday, 18 October 2019 01:44 PM
How do all these people suddenly acquire the title
"Doctor". before their names e.g. Dr Wijedasa ,Dr Bandula, Dr Mervyn ???.
Raj Friday, 18 October 2019 09:11 PM
Girigoris - He did a doctorate study on how a person can live with Rs.1500 a month.
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