The court case filed against SLPP presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa disputing his Sri Lankan citizenship is merely a baseless, politically-motivated exercise driven by Gota-phobia, Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) leader Udaya Gammanpila told a media conference held today at the party headquarters.
In support of his statement, Mr. Gammanpila produced documents confirming Mr. Rajapaksa’s Sri Lankan citizenship and renunciation of his US citizenship. He said the documents were constitutionally-valid.
Referring to a statement made by Minister Rajitha Senaratne regarding the petition, he said allegations levelled against Mr. Rajapaksa had always been baseless and that the government manipulated legislation to prevent Mr. Rajapaksa from contesting the forthcoming presidential election.
Meanwhile, MP Wimal Weerawansa said what the SLPP wanted was to place these matters before the people so they could take a decision. “The UNP is levelling allegations against Gotabaya because it is afraid of facing him,” he said.
MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage said the UNP would continue to hide behind the law in a bid to prevent Mr. Rajapaksa from contesting the presidential poll.
“The tele-conversation between former Solicitor General Dilrukshi Dias Wickremasinghe and Avant Garde Chairman Nissanka Senadhipathy proves the political motives on all court cases against Mr. Rajapaksa. The UNP attempts to create uncertainty over Mr. Rajapaksa amongst people. Just like the court cases filed in the past, this case too will be proven baseless. The SLPP does not want to resort to other means of winning this election. We believe we can win the race with Mr. Rajapaksa as the candidate. Nothing can stop him from contesting the election,” he said. (Thisari Andria Walawege)
he (GOTA) has to prove to the country that he is no more an American citizen. If he is hiding this then there is something fishy.
True Lankan Monday, 30 September 2019 10:34 PM
if Gota have the paper work done, let him present it to the courts! No point of talking politic over courts matter!
Bandu Wanigasekera Monday, 30 September 2019 10:46 PM
If GR is all clear why not produce the documents to Court and finish mattter. Useless showing us.
Lakminiha Monday, 30 September 2019 11:24 PM
"MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage said the UNP would continue to hide behind the law in a bid to prevent Mr. Rajapaksa from contesting the presidential poll."
The entire Nation knows as to who is trying to run away from the Law.
Aney Yako Tuesday, 01 October 2019 12:19 AM
Is it's baseless provide proof that Gota in fact did renounce his US citizenship. The fact remains that he is unable to provide proof and we all know that he has a case pending against him in the US courts and the US will not let him renounce his US citizenship until that is resolved. So stop talking rubbish!
Sumal Tuesday, 01 October 2019 07:01 AM
The all knowing 'Law Professor' has spoken!
Batangala Tuesday, 01 October 2019 07:11 AM
Let us wait and see what Gammanpila says is accepted by the court.
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