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GR to back new political party?

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Former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa who has maintained a stark silence since his resignation in July last year is now eyeing to recapture and strengthen his failed image through a new political party which is now led by one of his close aide's and media owner who declared his entry into politics yesterday.

The Daily Mirror learns that Gotabaya Rajapaksa who has been given all the privileges and facilities as a former President despite being forced out of office by the citizens, is reportedly backing the Mawbima Janatha Party which was recently purchased by his close aide Dilith Jayaweera.

According to sources in the Elections Commission, the Mawbima Janatha Party recently changed its constitution and elected new office bearers after Jayaweera took over the party.

The party is also now open to accepting new members and it is learnt that a hunt is on for educated individuals, an attempt similar to Rajapaksa's Viyathmaga.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa's latest attempt to clear up his image comes after the Daily Mirror had reported in Oct.2022, that a team put together by a media personality and business tycoon were visiting the villages which he had visited under the 'Gama Samaga Pilisandara' programme when he was President, and these members were speaking to the people to clear the former president's image.

The residents of those villages were also being informed that Rajapaksa had been misled and those to blame were those close to him including his family members.

Opinion polls were also conducted in these villages to gather the people's feedback on Gotabaya Rajapaksa, to test the waters if there is any public trust remaining for the former president.

Now in his latest attempt, it is learnt that Gotabaya Rajapaksa will give his blessings and back the Mawbima Janatha Party which is led by Jayaweera as the country gears up for the Presidential Election which will be held next year.

Senior leader of the Mawbima Janatha Party, Hemakumara Nanayakkara told the Daily Mirror that the Mawbima Janatha Party and the Aramuna organization of Dilith Jayaweera had joined hands to contest future elections as the Mawbima Janatha Party and said they were working together towards that end.

He also said they will contest the upcoming Presidential election as well.

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  • Johan Tuesday, 12 September 2023 07:35 AM

    He is only trying to survive in Sri Lanka because all attempts he tried to flee were failed and doors are closed

    Hector Fernando Tuesday, 12 September 2023 11:02 PM

    He is trying to clean the country of whatever is left behind and secure all the stolen wealth in custody of his theiving siblings and relatives. I hope the fools in the country will not fall into this trap again.

    sobers Tuesday, 12 September 2023 07:39 AM

    Another Disaster forthcoming.

    Grace Tuesday, 12 September 2023 07:41 AM

    Welcome back. Our people's memory power is very short.

    Mahila Thursday, 14 September 2023 02:56 AM

    and we shouldn't forget the fact that Susanthika decided to end her ‘Sporting Career’ after the FAMOUS "visit’ of the FAMOUS to BARCELONA in Spain!!!?? What an achievement indeed, we should remember “Seeni Bola” for Posterity’s sake!!!??? How SWEET was that too, lest we forget!?

    Mahila Thursday, 14 September 2023 03:26 AM

    Our ENLIGHTENED people, with 2600 years of Civilisation, Culture and Lineage are very Intelligent, they shouldn’t be categorised a ‘Knaves and Fools’, on the contrary very Intelligent, Cunning

    Nimal Tuesday, 12 September 2023 07:52 AM

    If this guy who was the most dismal failure ever, as the nation's leader is to back-up this newly formed party, it is certain that it will never be able to raise its head.

    Gee Tuesday, 12 September 2023 07:57 AM

    Only stupid people trust this man

    Once bitten, twice not shy! Tuesday, 12 September 2023 08:07 AM

    It is only in Sri Lanka do we recycle our rejected politicians. They stay on in politics to spoil the party.

    Mahila Tuesday, 12 September 2023 10:49 AM

    "They stay on in politics to spoil the party." These guys are useless and they cannot do any other Job!!!??? Utterly useless!!! So they only do politics and do it as badly as it comes!!! The Masses are STUCK with useless and Inept!!?? Destiny (Karume)!!!???

    Leo Tuesday, 12 September 2023 08:11 AM

    Good move. You will have the blessing of Channel. 4.

    Ama Tuesday, 12 September 2023 08:12 AM

    Completely destroy the country, if anything is left over. All the best !!

    Jayanoa Tuesday, 12 September 2023 08:12 AM

    Mr.Kaputa, arw you inscain to come back to politics, but this time you will be not allowed by the people of this country, to people, Kaputa planning again, lets stop the Kaputa.

    Terrence K Tuesday, 12 September 2023 08:16 AM

    When one's hands are stained in blood this could not be erased by stooges trying to justify your history. All this time you have been silent because you are a prisoner of your conscience. As the saying goes a Tiger never changes its spots your new party will not absolve you as the Public have already labelled you as "Gota Go Home" and STAY PUT

    Jaffna Tamil Tuesday, 12 September 2023 08:19 AM

    GR proved to be an idiotic politician but in military matters he is a genius. Recall his slogan when he was fighting the LTTE as the defence Secretary “ we will end the war and we will not pas it on to the next generation “. And as he promised he finished off the LTTE terror once for all. Jaffna Hindu Cultured Tamils suffered so much under the LTTE control and it was a great joy to see the end of the LTTE, albeit it was very late .

    dav Anton Tuesday, 12 September 2023 08:38 AM

    Why politics and power. They can serve the community and the people in a volunteer capacity. The country and the people of Sri Lanka gave a lot to these people and the people deserve better life in their own country. Let them to give something back to the country, not through politics. Let the good people, who has the heart for the people and the country to run the country in the best interest of all people, not to their immediate family and their close relatives. Educate our people and let them to keep the vigil to protect the people from Wolfs and foxes.

    Jayantha Tuesday, 12 September 2023 09:04 AM

    Never vote for political newbies to presidential or pm or even cabinet posts. You need experience even to run a small business. Idiots voted GR without considering that experience fact. Same with this snake joker too. Vote only for anyone that has being in parliament for at least 5 years and has politically mature and also capable of working in english language and also update with modern technology. Not these snake joker or mentally ill guys like former two presidents we had.

    Maxwell Tuesday, 12 September 2023 09:12 AM

    History has proven over and over again that a name tarnished and stained by the blood of the innocent and woes of a nation can never be hog washed by propaganda or money. Case in point; Adolf Hitler 1945.

    joshua Tuesday, 12 September 2023 09:26 AM

    The people will reject the parties which any relationship with these Rajapakshes. They are the biggest wound for this country

    Karalasingam Sivalingam Tuesday, 12 September 2023 09:31 AM

    Sri Lanka is a literate country,Gota was misled he says, but country and people were pushed to poverty level, masses are struggling to have two meals,specially in urban areas, the sorrow and famine that is prevailing in the country cannot be overcome in years to come, people are looking for a personality like Li Kuwan.

    Another rajapaksa parasite Tuesday, 12 September 2023 09:32 AM

    Is he planning on fleeing the country for good this time? He will be forced to take his thieving brother and nephews with him this time.

    Jagath Ekanaya Tuesday, 12 September 2023 09:36 AM

    Does he want to complete the job he and his family started? The rajspaksas will only be happy with the total anhailation of the country.

    CitizenP Tuesday, 12 September 2023 09:39 AM

    Oh my god....!!!

    Natalie Nanayaka Tuesday, 12 September 2023 09:40 AM

    Does GR stand for Gotabaya the Refugee?

    Nilmini Welivita Tuesday, 12 September 2023 09:44 AM

    This is best for the country. I hope he appoints Namal as the Prime Minister when he became president.

    Mahila Thursday, 14 September 2023 05:07 PM

    BS at the least from stooges and Nincompoops and Parasites!!!???

    Hora nade Tuesday, 12 September 2023 09:49 AM

    Is this the same GR who was tripping over his wife to flee the country a few months ago?

    Lamka Tuesday, 12 September 2023 09:59 AM

    He never learn his lesson in his life You are defeated and chased out by people It means you don't have any acceptance. Why do you still want to come Greed never stop you till you die This is human nature If you want to spend all stolen money Do that . People don't mind that But don't try to fool people once more

    Gota gobbaya Tuesday, 12 September 2023 10:04 AM

    First he had better apply for refugee status in a few countries and get his own jet. Or learn to row very fast.

    BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 12 September 2023 10:08 AM

    This kind of activity can only happen in SL. This is because we have a highly ignorant population who will welcome and vote for this rascal again simply on a racist ideology. GR cannot be blamed, he just simply know the low quality of the majority population of this island.

    Aligned Tuesday, 12 September 2023 04:55 PM

    Spot on ! Couldn't agree more.

    Mahila Wednesday, 13 September 2023 08:01 AM

    Absolutely, Right and Spot-On on the Money!!!??? What for TELLING!!!???

    T.M.J. Abeykoon [Attorney-at-Law] Tuesday, 12 September 2023 10:32 AM

    May be Gota would have now woken up from Coma. Ha... Ha... Ha.... after learning a lesson still, he is filled with power hunger like his brother Mahinda.

    Dr. Hemantha Weerasinghe Tuesday, 12 September 2023 10:34 AM

    Is it a joke for the day or joke for the year. My God, what a pity, he has to get ready to go to gallows and this greedy fellow Gota wants to be in Politics.

    Volker Metzger Tuesday, 12 September 2023 10:39 AM

    I have learned in the 4 decades of my visits and studies in Sri Lanka that the most bizarre and absurd things are possible in this wonderful country!!! The fact that a person like this Gotabaya Rajapaksa dares to become politically active again surpasses everything I have experienced during this time! After a presidency that turned Sri Lanka into a poorhouse and brought untold suffering to the people, this person, with his lack of character and shamelessness, dares to appear in public again and hint at political activities!!! One wonders, how must such people's brains tick!??? Are these signs of senile dementia that imply total forgetting or is this just the normal state of people who want to survive their politically criminal behavior! The voters' response can only be to prevent Gota from ever playing a political role in the country once and for all!!!

    Meera XYD Tuesday, 12 September 2023 10:40 AM

    Then the Aragalaya-Phase 2 will begin and this time three mangoes in one shot. i.e., Gota, Mahinda and Ranil no question at all.

    Do Doo Dooo Chin Tuesday, 12 September 2023 10:42 AM

    I cannot believe though the entire nation cursed

    T Kuttimoney Tuesday, 12 September 2023 10:47 AM

    Both diasporas behind these useless moves and ultimately become diaspora conqured slave island.

    Kanidipala Sirinaga Tuesday, 12 September 2023 10:47 AM

    Never learn a lesson? Wasting a big amount of poor man funding still talking how to survive in politics! What a tasteful job than working at 7-11 or petrol pump boy for $10 per hour! How how many mansions - we are working in the US for many years with many qualifications earn only through legal Chanels!

    Sivalingam Tuesday, 12 September 2023 10:49 AM

    Dilith is the scum of the earth, he got into business with a ministers daughter and leeched the peoples money, even during covid.

    Prof. J.N. Daya Senanayake Tuesday, 12 September 2023 10:50 AM

    Public is closely monitoring Rajapakshes now and that family name will be no more in the history of SriLanka Politics. Gota mind it man.

    Dulanjoli Premadosa Tuesday, 12 September 2023 10:51 AM

    Is this the same Susthiweera who said "Siddhartha took Aathal"

    Lt. Col. E.P.J. Fernando Tuesday, 12 September 2023 10:52 AM

    Gota don't think people have forgotten you, well they are waiting until the next Presidential Elections to destroy your family whom destroyed SriLanka.

    SCRanjithA Tuesday, 12 September 2023 11:04 AM

    "we will end the war and we will not pas it on to the next generation" was stated by Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka when he was the Commander of SL Army. and not by GR

    Lalin Fernandopulle Tuesday, 12 September 2023 11:27 AM

    GR will have to face an international tribunal soon before thinking of saving his face. Those who back him are shameless stooges who are in social, economic and pollical limbo.

    Cheers Tuesday, 12 September 2023 11:46 AM

    We will back you with a majority

    Lester Croos Dabrera Tuesday, 12 September 2023 11:47 AM

    That’s the end of the new party

    Nihal Tuesday, 12 September 2023 12:04 PM

    Definitely not to do politics, most likely as the gardener, perhaps not that either since he destroyed Srilankas agriculture

    Citizen Tuesday, 12 September 2023 12:13 PM

    I think he will stop only after having a Barth in beira lake. Both are devils in human form, born to suck human blood for their own benefit. People will not get fooled by naming the party as mawbima. We remember how both of the destroyed the country for their own benefits.

    Andare Tuesday, 12 September 2023 12:14 PM

    Congrats, Gota, you will be elected by a two third majority . Don't forget to have Punchi Banda and Pakadeniya as you Adviser's.

    Ravi Tuesday, 12 September 2023 12:21 PM

    Don't worry guys he has a memory loss.

    D.N. Waruna Tennakoon - Accountant, Ministry of Finance Tuesday, 12 September 2023 12:28 PM

    Hay Gota, you are indeed a shameless fellow, for the sake of money and power you guys will do anything. First of all, tell your brother Mahinda to hand-over all the robbed money to our Treasury.

    Wimal Ranasinghe - Freedom Fighter Tuesday, 12 September 2023 12:31 PM

    That means always Rajapakshes' think that they should be the rulers of our nation. It will never happen again Gota. Our people made you to be like a beggar going out seeking shelter, have you forgotten that.?

    Kumar Tuesday, 12 September 2023 12:37 PM

    At:Gee above you said "only stupid people vote for him" but lots of stupid people are in Sri Lanka they will vote for him and if he will become a president again I won't surprise. We have very intelligent society.

    Chryshan Tuesday, 12 September 2023 12:39 PM

    Oh please don't create another Easter attack to come into power

    Senarath Dissanayaka Tuesday, 12 September 2023 12:43 PM

    Doesn't he have any shame? All he has is greediness for money, get the hell out of politics for good sake and live the rest of your life with stolen money.

    C.K.Lankaputhra Tuesday, 12 September 2023 12:53 PM

    You both of you, we know what to do.

    Karalasingam Sivalingam Tuesday, 12 September 2023 12:55 PM

    Old wine in new bottle, politicians can cheat the people only once, not always ,coming election would be a waterloo defeat for political parties, youth of the county will emerge.

    Nadi Karunaratne Tuesday, 12 September 2023 01:00 PM

    Appealing to simpletons everywhere. Vote for one of your own...a man with a proven track record. This is a joke, right?

    Fahim Tuesday, 12 September 2023 01:03 PM

    Don’t fight for a battle which you can’t win. How long he will live. You want to live in peace (LIP) or rest in peace. ( RIP)

    dinesh Tuesday, 12 September 2023 01:04 PM

    this country is unbelievable.....

    Hey Tuesday, 12 September 2023 01:23 PM

    My vote to Dilith. We need new leaders.Best news I heard for some time.

    John Roger Smith Tuesday, 12 September 2023 01:38 PM

    This guy was chased away by people of Sri lanka.He was a FAKE Hero ...He doesn't have any shame, on the same note he is scared of going out of Sri lanka as he knows, he will end up in an international court for crimes he committed ..Just wondering if he can sleep at night for all the said crimes he committed

    Alam Tuesday, 12 September 2023 01:44 PM

    Mass murderer should be in jail

    Lanka putha Tuesday, 12 September 2023 01:58 PM

    Congratulations. Glad you are going to be back. Finish all the unfinished out standing jobs.

    Awake Tuesday, 12 September 2023 02:05 PM

    Publicity stunt.

    ANNECUNT Tuesday, 12 September 2023 02:11 PM


    Blessing Tuesday, 12 September 2023 02:17 PM

    In Sri-Lanka politicians have no iota of shame and the Sri-Lankans have unfortunately short memory power. Sri-Lanka will never develop in another 50 years time.

    roobarbie Tuesday, 12 September 2023 02:17 PM

    If he wants to change his image he should first sever his subservient to Kaputa and his the rest of Rajapaksha thieves. Join Fonseka and rescue the country from the grip of political robbers and asset strippers of the country. You got to love the people and work for their welfare, and NOT for YOUR corrupt Rajapassa.

    Mila Tuesday, 12 September 2023 04:07 PM

    Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his family are not singhalese but they're are Malaysian. How can Malaysian love sri lanka? They only will destroy again.

    Lost Lankan Tuesday, 12 September 2023 04:52 PM

    welcome back another 6.9 are emerging and soon Sri lanka will have full of idiots no where to raise hands for help.

    Gamini Tuesday, 12 September 2023 05:14 PM

    I won't be surprised if he comes back again. The 6.9M did not migrate they are very much around

    sam Tuesday, 12 September 2023 05:17 PM

    Nothing new, corruption to continue

    Kps Tuesday, 12 September 2023 05:21 PM

    No other way Gota can gain access to USA. Since He is being banned entry to USA for life time. For sure beginning of another “ Aragalaya: Gota stay home”

    Savithri Tuesday, 12 September 2023 05:25 PM

    Philippines took a good 40 years to elect a Marcos family member again. SL's are absolute idiots, that is why this fellow (living on tax payers money, without serving them) has the guts to come back to politics again

    Tilak Tuesday, 12 September 2023 05:26 PM

    Aragalaya failed miserably

    Eran Wicks Tuesday, 12 September 2023 05:29 PM

    Jaraweera and Jarapaksa family will learn a good lesson.

    Mahila Thursday, 14 September 2023 05:27 PM

    They'll Jump, Indian Ocean through HPP - CHOICE exit port!!!???

    Wiraj Tuesday, 12 September 2023 05:49 PM

    Dilith is another con-artist. His Derana net work shamelessly promoted the Rajapakses, even during the Sirisena-Mahinda engineered 52 day constitutional coup. Derana portrayed Gota as the saviour during 2019 elections and misled people with it's canards.

    Mahila Wednesday, 13 September 2023 08:08 AM

    DJ, is being grateful for the small Mercy of granting rights for Import of Vaccine and the funds to purchase James Finlay, the British Plantation company, to be sole Importer of Covid -19 Vaccine!? What are FRIENDS for, IF NOT FOR THIS!!!

    Sam Silva Tuesday, 12 September 2023 06:01 PM

    This rumor is just to side track the people of the current problems in the country. Don't get fooled.

    Dee Tuesday, 12 September 2023 06:15 PM

    That must’ve been the big noise heard in the Kelani river adjoining the kelani vihara!

    ranjit Tuesday, 12 September 2023 06:40 PM

    He has chosen a party with an appropriate symbol-Airplane- so that he can fly all over the world to find refuge when he is thrown out next time.

    Mahila Thursday, 14 September 2023 05:16 PM

    MIG 17 from Bellimissa Co., Singapore

    UMAS ALI Tuesday, 12 September 2023 08:30 PM

    He is playing with our STOLEN MONEY

    Old Man Tuesday, 12 September 2023 10:26 PM

    Current Presidential secretariat is full of political rejects and engaging in politics with tax payer funds

    Ranil Tuesday, 12 September 2023 11:13 PM

    Here we go again. So whose blowing up whom and when this time around?

    Mahila Thursday, 14 September 2023 05:10 PM

    Fool the Innocent masses Once again!!!??? No WAY!!?? GO HOME!!`

    K.J. Wimaladharma (Retired Chief Inspector of Police) Wednesday, 13 September 2023 09:06 AM

    How long Ranil could protect you with 200 odd security staff giving you three bullet proof cars etc., Just for another 6 months only max.

    ERAN Wicks Wednesday, 13 September 2023 06:50 PM

    Jaraweera and Jarapaksa will get what they deserve when the JVP comes to power.

    Mahila Thursday, 14 September 2023 05:14 PM

    Ranjit, May be better he should get into a Submarine!!!???

    Tissa Fernando Saturday, 16 September 2023 05:29 PM

    I think that Gota honesty had the urge to make the country better by bringing some system and order but he was too weak, not mature enough or not capable of doing that. It appears that he has some unfinished business and he cannot sleep at night. Best thing for him is to rest now and leave Sri Lanka to go through its own path. Gota proved that he was not capable of handling the country.

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