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Responding to reports querying his citizenship, SLPP presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa said yesterday he was born at Palatuwa in Matara and not in the US. He expressed these views while addressing a rally held yesterday in Matara.

Along with SLPP and Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa, Gotabaya addressed a series of rallies in several cities including Tissamaharama, Matara, Galle and the final in Homagama last evening.

Speaking at the Homagama rally, the former Defence Secretary pledged to take responsibility for the security of all citizens.

"This government paid no attention to national security. Such carelessness led to the unfortunate Easter Sunday attacks. A government of ours will give priority to national security. We will restore it. We won't allow any form of terrorism to rear its head on our soil. I will take responsibility for the security of you and your children," he said amid cheers.

He said the incumbent government subjected him to various harassments, spread false news and filed cases and tried to jail him.

"Attempts of this nature could resurface in the coming days. Don't fall prey to these false government reports. Our victory is definite. Enjoy the victory in a peaceful manner,” he said.

On a different note, he said a government of there should target an income of USD 10 billion from tourism and 7 million tourists per year. “The government should sponsor the promotion of our country to lure middle-class foreign tourists," he said.

He said their election manifesto was practical and all pledges in it would be delivered during his tenure.

Speaking at the rally earlier, SLPP Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa backed what Gotabaya said and added that all children of D.A. Rajapaksa were born in Palatuwa and not in the US.

Scoffing reports of Gotabaya not being a Sri Lankan citizen, the former President said, "Some people talk as if Palatuwa is in the US. We don't have to respond to these false news reports," he said.

SLPP Chairman Professor G.L. Peiris, Ven. Athureliya Rathana Thera, MPs Bandula Gunawardana, Wimal Weerawansa, Dinesh Gunawardana, Udaya Gammanpila, Susil Premajayantha, Keheliya Rambukwella and Wasantha Senanayake, former cricket captain T.M. Dilshan, artistes and many others attended the rally. (Lahiru Pothmulla and Krishan Jeewaka)

Pix by Pradeep Dilrukshana

  Comments - 10

  • joshua Thursday, 14 November 2019 07:56 AM

    we all know that...but now you are US citizen?

    Nimal Thursday, 14 November 2019 08:31 AM

    You are a liar your brother lost 3 times this will be another lost for sure

    Joseph Thursday, 14 November 2019 08:33 AM

    We have no issue where you were born only that you are no more a citizen of the country you were born

    Voters are intelligent people Thursday, 14 November 2019 08:33 AM

    Birth place is not a criteria for citizenship. Eg - Melania Trump, Probably your immediate family, etc

    Ram Thursday, 14 November 2019 09:08 AM

    You were born in SL but you obtained US citizenship taking oath of allegiance to US. You did not retain SL citizenship. After your brother won in 2005 allegedly in an unlawful manner obtained SL dual citizenship for a benefit. Can you be trusted?

    Lord Wolfstein Thursday, 14 November 2019 09:19 AM

    The fact is, that you are still a US citizen however where you was born.

    bul Thursday, 14 November 2019 11:05 AM

    Another Hero from Matara where worriers and genius come from

    Daham Thursday, 14 November 2019 12:17 PM

    He showed his US passport which says "CANCEL" not "CANCELLED". He is liar. We can not trust him.

    Jamal Thursday, 14 November 2019 06:57 PM

    You are a US Citizen and you were working in the US at 7-11.

    Oscar Friday, 15 November 2019 08:28 AM

    Born in Palatuwa and Raised by America

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