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Government Spokesman and Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe yesterday debunked the claims made by MP Dinesh Gunawardana that there was a possibility of the military launching a coup.

He told journalists that President Maithripala Sirisena, who as the Commander-in-Chief was fully confident of the three armed forces.

The minister said the MP had spoken of a imaginary conspiracy out of malice and ill feeling with the government. He said no reports of any conspiracy had been received by the intelligence units of the three armed forces and the police.

”Politically and socially bankrupt politicians make this kind of irresponsible and antisocial statements hoping they can destabilize the country and incite communal clashes. They imagine they could grab power by damaging the Government's reconciliation and development process through such malicious and baseless propaganda. They should be aware that the unity government is on a sound footing with the blessings of the local and international community. Therefore, there is no room for a military conspiracy against the government. It is purely a figment of their imagination as they are uncertain of their political future,” the minister said.

"These bankrupt politicians claim that disabled soldiers are disappointed about the clashes that took place during a protest recently. It is public knowledge that the clashes were staged by a few Bhikkus and joint opposition members even after knowing very well that President Sirisena had by then granted their demand for full pension benefits after retirement," he said.

While condemning any suggestion of a military conspiracy, the people in Sri Lanka and abroad would never condone such betrayal under any circumstances.

"In the local front, the government has taken action against those engaged in money laundering, embezzlement and other financial misappropriation under the Rajapaksa regime. The price of essential commodities including fuel and gas had been reduced. Salaries of armed forces and police, pensions of retired public servants, armed forces personnel and disabled soldiers have been increased. Therefore, it is the wishful thinking of these daydreaming politicians to suggest this conspiracy theory,” the minister said. (Sandun A Jayasekera)

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  • Banda Tuesday, 22 November 2016 08:18 AM

    The whole Parliament is full of parasites. We dont need u anymore. via DM Android App

    BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 22 November 2016 09:05 AM

    All the Presidents since independence have the full confidence of the Armed Forces because they have been using this State entity for their own personal vendettas and State criminality. The Armed Forces need to gain the confidence of the Citizens of this country especially the minorities b4 they can be welcomed as the Disciplined Armed Forces belonging to the nation called Sri Lanka.

    johan Tuesday, 22 November 2016 09:41 AM

    They cannot sit on the opposition benches as there are lot bed bugs and cockroaches left by UNPers who were sitiing there for a long time.First the seats should be fumigated

    Waco Tuesday, 22 November 2016 10:16 AM

    If you are so confident , reduce the number of ministers to one hundred or less. The government will not last three months.

    Waco Tuesday, 22 November 2016 10:22 AM

    All three Forces have been down graded and insulted by this Government. How maney years it took to grant pension pay to the disable soldiers?

    Thanos Tuesday, 22 November 2016 10:31 AM

    Looks like Dinesh Gunawardana's comments really struck nerve. I now wonder if his comments have some truth.

    Waco Tuesday, 22 November 2016 10:41 AM

    Reduce the number of ministers to one hundred or less.Disable soldiers should be paid their pension with retrospective effective, without any further delay.

    cheers Tuesday, 22 November 2016 10:55 AM

    Some clarification is needed as all the presidents left the war which killed innocent civilians and many armed forces due to bad leadership. But it was Rajapakse who turned the tide upside down.Maithree got on a platter but his performance is below par and have not achieved any for the country or to people and next election will voice this failure

    Kaboos Tuesday, 22 November 2016 01:10 PM

    We too have full confidence with armed forces but with the Rajiv and JR peace accord ( for more comprehensive details please read the accord )


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