UNP MP Ajith Perera today denied claims made by President Mahinda Rajapaksa that the group of visiting UNP parliamentarians had ridiculed the development taking place in Hambantota as they left Port.
The five parliamentarians Eran Wickramaratne, Ajith Manapperuma, Ajith P.Perera, R. Yogarajan, Nalin Bandara Jayamaha and UNP Leadership Council Chairman Karu Jayasuriya expressed their views about the attack in Hambantota.
The parliamentarian said the President had expressed the view that the parliamentarians had angered the public by suggesting the Hambantota Port was a pool and the Mattala Airport was fit to be a museum.
“No UNP parliamentarian ever said that and we did not make such a comment either. We said the projects were being conducted in a fraudulent manner and that it would be conducted in a transparent manner under the UNP,” Perera said. (Darshana Sanjeewa)
So what, that doesn't mean that they deserve to be chased by armed thugs.
Nims Monday, 21 April 2014 09:26 AM
Every politician thinks that he will be there forever. That is the biggest mistake they do. Example: Hon R Premadasa who wanted his son to be the President after him.
mack Sunday, 20 April 2014 08:45 PM
a port were no ships dock and a airport were no flights land, and the president and his government call it development via DM Android App
Paul Monday, 21 April 2014 04:07 AM
A president of a country attempts to protect his henchmen by making ridiculous excuses.
The God Father Monday, 21 April 2014 04:07 AM
What a statement for a PRESIDENT to make? Hope the entire world sees that, so they know the agony we go through.
Sagara Monday, 21 April 2014 04:21 AM
" President had expressed the view that the parliamentarians had angered the public" In south they are patriots.In north they are terrorist.
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country1st Sunday, 20 April 2014 09:20 PM
1.Boby is correct
2.Now Srilankans also following typical Indian stone culture
3.Country towards Destruction.
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Jagath wettasinghe Monday, 21 April 2014 10:51 AM
H.MAYOR AND THOSE THUGS NEVER SEEN CCOLOMBO HARBOUR OR KATUNAYAKA AIRPORT. IF THEY VISITED THERE THEY UNDERSTAND HOW FOOLISH ARE FROGS IN HAMBATHOTA WELLS.
Regi Monday, 21 April 2014 10:53 AM
It is shame on us, the President trying to justify what his thugs did. It seems like a well planned operation and they never took into account the journalists.
shaju Monday, 21 April 2014 10:59 AM
Even if it was called a pool & a museum, do they have the right to behave like animals. Did H.E give the orders to carry out this attack?
freking Sunday, 20 April 2014 09:50 PM
If someone is angry we have to shut up and hide the truth. Is that a democratic policy? via DM Android App
Kapil Monday, 21 April 2014 04:31 PM
We love MR. But tolerating these thugs and lying to the public on their behalf makes us look for an alternative. If you are not with the public, you are with the thugs. via DM Android App
BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 21 April 2014 05:12 AM
And their is no country in the world as Sri Lanka,
BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 21 April 2014 05:13 AM
The whole world knows about him and his shameless deeds, it is only we inside the country who are blind.
asoka Monday, 21 April 2014 05:19 AM
MR your days are getting closer and closer...
Nadaraja Sunday, 20 April 2014 07:33 PM
meyala illanagena kala., Now crying fool
Real Peace Monday, 21 April 2014 05:30 AM
What an irresponsible statement from the head of state. Having made this statement, how can the police conduct a fair investigation? I begin to wonder how he managed to pass the law exam.
KANE Monday, 21 April 2014 05:30 AM
Boorupatiya Monday, 21 April 2014 11:06 AM
H'tota Mayor is on the look out for a deputy to carry on his good work. TD might fit the bill. via DM iPad app
Randy Monday, 21 April 2014 05:38 AM
President is indirectly saying no one can criticize almighty himself and the loving brothers.
piyal Monday, 21 April 2014 12:20 PM
some one said raise these issues in the parliament - so we dont need law and order to be implemented - nothing to be surprised - why hooliganism is the name of the game in SL today.
Machines Sunday, 20 April 2014 10:16 PM
We always said that " Rata Ballata Gihin" - hope our voters keep in mind when having to elect a govt next time.
Rishme Monday, 21 April 2014 10:27 PM
Well its the truth via DM Android App
Nihal Amarasekera Monday, 21 April 2014 06:05 AM
"Development" is corruption hinged just as much as "Development" is jealous bound for "Opposition", this is the hard truth.
Handipora Sunday, 20 April 2014 04:55 PM
OMG! Has President made such a remark? May God protect our country. via DM Android App
Snowy Sunday, 20 April 2014 11:30 AM
Come on, there is nothing wrong in "calling a spade a spade:.
Grace Sunday, 20 April 2014 11:54 AM
It means public can take law and order to their own hands if they are angered. A funny justification
prageeth Sunday, 20 April 2014 11:54 AM
Bunch of jokers
jayasekara Sunday, 20 April 2014 12:04 PM
It was a insult to the speaker by his own family members
Perumal Monday, 21 April 2014 06:57 AM
[quote name="Real Peace"]What an irresponsible statement from the head of state. Having made this statement, how can the police conduct a fair investigation? I begin to wonder how he managed to pass the law exam.[/quote] Calm down! We are all not under Rule of Law but Rule of Rajapakses!!
bobby Sunday, 20 April 2014 12:10 PM
So what MR is saying is that everyone has to only speak about things that pleases the ruling party? Where is the democracy?
Minister Sunday, 20 April 2014 12:10 PM
So, should any ridicule be treated with hooliganism? Isn't it the freedom of expression, a right assured by the constitution of this country for its citizens? After all they are Parliamentarians appointed by people, not just a bunch of street urchins!.
Cobra Monday, 21 April 2014 01:21 PM
You'd have to excuse the President, for his regular 'peththappus' weren't there to advise him!!!
Rosh Monday, 21 April 2014 02:15 AM
Thought Sajith was behind this attack...
sada Sunday, 20 April 2014 12:18 PM
Any way you all can't beat MR in taking the people for a ride.
realist Monday, 21 April 2014 02:47 AM
Even if they did say that as they left the port, how on earth did a mob collect so soon? Must be quite the grapevine in Hambantota,
Kiris Baba Amaray Monday, 21 April 2014 02:49 AM
Mr. President trying to safe guard his image but his men are acting UN-wisely - like hitting the fly with a log in order to save their master's head.
CHEENA Monday, 21 April 2014 07:39 AM
Who allowed these Elephants to enter into my Chinatown ?
Das Sunday, 20 April 2014 12:44 PM
Even if the UNP MPs ridiculed the airport and seaport,it is no reason for them to be attacked.
Kiris Baba Amaray Monday, 21 April 2014 02:53 AM
[quote name="jayasekara"]It was a insult to the speaker by his own family members[/quote]
Yes their own men are cutting the grave to their Masters.
malij Tuesday, 22 April 2014 08:05 AM
Mr. President, Conceal a flaw, and the world will imagine the worst.
TD Monday, 21 April 2014 02:56 AM
We have new roads, airport and port thanks to the President. UNP can't see that and deny that. So the Public has the right to get angry and hit those UNP members who can't see the said development of this country and its benefits. The issue is even I can't see the real benefit of those developments. Please don't hit me.
A.F.A.Cader Sunday, 20 April 2014 01:00 PM
Oh My god. President of a country molly coddling perpetrators. Twenty million people saw what happened. Millions of school children saw this on t.v. Not a word about justice! Please note everybody that these types of incidents will have some form of an impact on the youth of this country.
prem Monday, 21 April 2014 08:20 AM
Karu got chance to show his colours.
Danuk Monday, 21 April 2014 08:23 AM
What a stupid comment.
Public Sunday, 20 April 2014 06:42 PM
Surprised! To make such remarks by the state leader shows utter bankruptcy.
Nanasiri Monday, 21 April 2014 08:24 AM
Bunch of jokers; why can't they raise these issues in the Parliament...
Rajapora Sunday, 20 April 2014 06:45 PM
In Sri Lanka no one has the courage to admit their mistakes or the mistakes of their minions. Even if the visitors had been critical of the projects they cannot be treated this way. No wonder the cronies take advantage of this attitude to crush their business and political opponents. via DM iPad app
Malij Monday, 21 April 2014 09:16 AM
MR loosing his flair????
randy Monday, 21 April 2014 03:33 AM
In democracy anybody can criticize as well as appreciate. But nobody can take the law into their hands. Above all nothing wrong in ridiculing a white elephant.
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