President Maithripala Sirisena is reported to have been critical of former president Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga over some remarks she made on the people's mandate at the presidential election on January 8, 2015.
At the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Central Committee meeting on Monday night, Ms. Kumaratunga had insisted that the party should remain in the government because that was in line with the people's mandate on January 8, 2015. Before leaving the meeting, she is also said to have been critical of the CC for not discussing the way forward on policy matters.
However, the President taking a swipe at her said people voted on January 8, 2015, not for a movement but for the person who gave leadership.
“Otherwise, they could have nominated someone from the United National Party (UNP) but asked why that was not so,” he questioned.
The President said Ms. Kumaratunga rarely attended the Central Committee meetings and as such had little or no knowledge about the discussions on policy matters. (Kelum Bandara)
PC Wednesday, 11 April 2018 08:11 AM
The President is not correct. What if he came as an independent candidate or from the SLFP? Would he have been elected???
Hari Wednesday, 11 April 2018 09:06 AM
He came as an independent candidate. Not as a UNP candidate .
Rasheed Wednesday, 11 April 2018 10:48 AM
But UNP gave the back up and you can't deny that he won because of UNP voters.
Shehan Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:03 AM
What happened Mr President on recent election?. When along reflects your true popularity.
Maha-Janaya Wednesday, 11 April 2018 12:33 PM
Leadership was given by RW for your decision to contest. On your own you would have been no where!!!
Andrew Pitugala Wednesday, 11 April 2018 08:12 AM
He became President because;1. People were disgusted with the previous regime.2. Rev.. Sobitha Thera gave leadership for the change.3. CBK gave her full support with Ranil and others and they brought MS as the COMMON candidate,4. UNP and minority parties cast their votes against MR.If he had come on his own he would not have received even one million votes.He has forgotten !!!!!!
Dam Wednesday, 11 April 2018 09:40 AM
Totally agree with you. He was nominated as COMMON candidate and to be NEUTRAL ... But he also became greedy for power and lost his way
Nimal Wednesday, 11 April 2018 10:34 AM
Fully agreed with CBK and A.Pitugala. Now Sirisena is destabilizing this country by strikes of his SLFP ministers. Discipline , law and order ? Singapore Lee Quan U developed thru discipline , law and order.
Sincere Wednesday, 11 April 2018 06:53 PM
But today he is of the view that he won because of his party and his popularity!
Hari Mani Wednesday, 11 April 2018 08:17 AM
Blame the world when you only have to blame for ruining a country. Give credit to the women who pulled the wool the feared alibaba gang. A spineless winger!
GC Wednesday, 11 April 2018 08:27 AM
The President seems to have forgotten how he won the election in 2015, with the help of a large number of parties. If it was only him who won the election, was it him (and not SLFP) that lost in 2018 LC polls?
Asoka Friday, 13 April 2018 11:23 AM
People have forgotten man who liberated and crushed terrorists group LTTE. 30 years other leaders slept. Now people are happy, any one go to North without fear
Thomas Wednesday, 11 April 2018 08:40 AM
The President is ungrateful. He is kicking the ladders of from where he climbed up to become the President of Sri Lanka.If not for people the type RW, Chandrika Kumaratunge, minorities he would not be the president today.Shame
Hari Wednesday, 11 April 2018 09:10 AM
He was a very powerful minister in MR regime and he worked against his own party who gaved him a powerful minister post. What made you think that he would be grateful and loyal to people who helped him this time. He has already betray his previous supported , he'll do it again.
TONY Wednesday, 11 April 2018 08:43 AM
MS HAS GOT SOME WINGS NOW. HE WAS NOT ELECTED PRESIDENT AS AN SLFP CANDIDATE. SLFP NOMINATED MR AND HE LOST. MR HAS FIXED MS BY OFFERING HIM THE LEADERSHIP OF SLFP. NOW MS IS PROTECTING SLFP MORE THAN THE PEOPLE WHO BACKED HIM TO BECOME THE PRESIDENT
S.P.RAMKUMAR Wednesday, 11 April 2018 08:45 AM
January 8, 2015 Movement were done by Several Leaders and Majority of People of this country, Without the Movement you had no chance to win H.E. President. Don't forget your cry. Respect the people mandate for Presidential Election and Parliament Election. Dot go behind the Rural Government election results.
Flanker Wednesday, 11 April 2018 08:47 AM
MS, kick her out of the party. Good riddance...
Potta Harry Wednesday, 11 April 2018 08:56 AM
People did not vote for a person. They voted against a person.
cheers Wednesday, 11 April 2018 09:05 AM
Well done Maithree you have now guts to spell out the truth
Dee Wednesday, 11 April 2018 09:07 AM
Do you really think so HE? If you contested from SLFP you think you'd be anywhere close to winning?
Madayan Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:22 AM
SLFP ticket was for MR. Period. Even Sampanthan would have won as people voted against MR
Prem Wednesday, 11 April 2018 09:19 AM
The word gratefuL has been removed in his dictionary.
Sanath Wednesday, 11 April 2018 09:40 AM
The vote he received was for good governess, free of corruption and not a vote cast in favor of the individual. He seems to have lost his head, direction and also senses. One of the weakest presidents we had ever seen.
Dam Wednesday, 11 April 2018 09:42 AM
CBK is totally correct. President is clueless and shows his hunger for power (basically not ready for a retirement)
Jangiya Wednesday, 11 April 2018 10:09 AM
CBK too lost her way. All these brawls only for cosmetic purposes.
Flanker Wednesday, 11 April 2018 10:41 AM
CBK is worse never on time for meeting, and did she do to the country during her tenure. she sold UL to EK and wonder how much was pocketed out... she is rubbish and has to be shown the door..
Gobba Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:55 AM
Flanker: u must b frm Mars! UL under EK were going great guns until yr Maharaja kicked Hill out 4 not giving him a plane to fly his entourage out.
ua Wednesday, 11 April 2018 10:12 AM
Unfortunately, this president also seems to have no clear understanding of the governance requirement for this country. It is high time to abolish this institution soon or elect an unselfish person with a proper intellectual capacity to govern the country.
ti Wednesday, 11 April 2018 10:25 AM
TEARS FOR FEARS... AUNT.
Herath Wednesday, 11 April 2018 10:36 AM
Based on CBKs statement that "anyone who contested against MR at the last Presidential Election, would have won"... wonder why RW did not contest?
Liberal One Wednesday, 11 April 2018 10:44 AM
After Federalizing Sri Lanka CBK will go back to her country, England. Both SLFP and UNP should remember that.
Lankan Wednesday, 11 April 2018 05:29 PM
ready to give a portion of the country to China but don't want to share with your own people?
Liberal One Wednesday, 11 April 2018 07:46 PM
@Fake Lankan. How does Federal state of Tamils, Federal state of Muslims and Federal state of Sinhalese equate to sharing?
Wise Donkey Wednesday, 11 April 2018 10:44 AM
He takes a swipe at everyone who helped him to become the president. Extremely ungrateful.
Francis Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:01 AM
Ungrateful fellow. His head and balls are swollen. If UNP didn't support him he would be somewhere else now
NK Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:39 AM
Maithripala Sirisena nominated for most disgraceful president.
Sampath Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:46 AM
Everytime HE opens his mouth it shows a lack of intelligence.
layman Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:52 AM
He came as a neutral candidate. Later only took SLFP leadership. Did he came as a SLFP candidate then? No. SLFP backed Mahinda at that point. Why he forget all these things now?
nihal Jayawickrame Wednesday, 11 April 2018 12:16 PM
Voters should understand that he cannot agree to all these despotic policies that Ranil/Mangala/CBK are trying to implement though he was elected as a common candidate. Betraying Army / Selling Lands / Signing give away Trade agreements can never be accepted by the President of this Country whoever is , even if he is Ranil.......
Shiva Wednesday, 11 April 2018 12:17 PM
MS won because of false propaganda against MRMaking false promises to Tamil parties Now people realize it and nothing good happened to Tamils and development of country has come to a halt and people think that this government is reduculing war victory etc
ghostlanka Wednesday, 11 April 2018 12:26 PM
Wasantha Senanayaka for PM candidacy , intellectual for both home and international affairs, activist against corruption within all parties, against federalisation, nature lover, egalitarian for ppl within a single boundary of the country.
Chari Wednesday, 11 April 2018 02:03 PM
Never forget MR for defeating the LTTE. The bombs stopped thanks to him. He helped all communities alike after ending terrorism. Today people move freely to Jaffna. The train service was restored. Have Gratitude..
lankan Wednesday, 11 April 2018 05:26 PM
Yes, your problem is solved but the problem which created trouble remains!
ndissanayke Wednesday, 11 April 2018 02:04 PM
if his theory is still valid why he could no take even 2 MN votes form the recently held local election
Nuwan Wednesday, 11 April 2018 02:07 PM
All leaders acquire this condition of forgetting the past.
Indrajith Wednesday, 11 April 2018 02:12 PM
President is burning bridges.
Ruwani Wednesday, 11 April 2018 02:13 PM
President Mr Sirisena lost his authority ! Its shameful .He guide the politics game against p.m. who brought him to President . Disgraceful ! Sri lankan never vote him take leadership in party and do anything wrong. He must be neutral ! Now we could see his unqualified .no futures .at least must learn from Indunisia.
Lankan Wednesday, 11 April 2018 02:29 PM
"not for a movement but for the person who gave leadership." This is laughable, is he giving leadership?
Sujeeva Wednesday, 11 April 2018 03:03 PM
Well done Mr.President !!! At least you have got your backbone back now ! Kick this woman who is a 'virus' out of her post. Same thing happened to MR...he had bad apples around him and he was destroyed. Now MS is also having lots of bad apples like CBK and specially RW. MS was brought into the election as a common candidate through a lot of conspiracy because if Ranil was contesting that election then MR would have beaten him left and right. So MS was brought in to have RW as Prime Minister again and use MS him as a scarecrow and it back fired big time because of the CB bond scam. Since people wanted a change because of the last corrupted regime they swallowed the BAIT laid out by RW , CBK , Malik, etc and voted for MS.... And what is the result now? Another spoiled and highly corrupted government (actually its a spoiled mixed fruit) who does nothing to the country and it's people. Whatever happens WE people suffer everyday !!!!
Dalit Wednesday, 11 April 2018 05:02 PM
Sirisena was backed by India and Indian Colonial Parasites. Chandrika was the person behind it.
Buddhist Wednesday, 11 April 2018 05:55 PM
What a Clown this President is. How can he say people voted for the person, no one knew him but they all knew the Shobitha Thero's movement and voted for the movement which was fully supported by UNP. President has proved that he is a liar over and over again. He never delivered what he promised the people but protects the rogues and murderers.
dickie bird Wednesday, 11 April 2018 06:46 PM
Can not write of the Prez just like that.CBK brought the Colonial parasites back into Sri Lanka.Ranil did not have the balls or the bone to contest and neither there was anyone better.Even from a bad lot, Sirisena was the best.UNP can lend support but if people did not want to vote for Sira like they did in concluded LG elections?So, Sira too may have had some clout to attract voters probably with lies concorted to him by CBK
indrajith Thursday, 12 April 2018 02:44 PM
President got the mandate to contest because UNP wanted to win, but had no jokey, They had no vision too.. MS came in as a quickfix saw the opportunity. Rev Sobitha had a movement but could not contest. At the end, MS won, but he is like a homeless man who won the development lottery and do no know how to deal with it. BOTH UNP and MS strength was that they stick together. This principle Ranil knows, and MS forgets time to time. Now all in a huge soup. But,the marriage has to continue for mutual survival.
Naman Sunday, 29 April 2018 01:22 PM
Time is very much limited for our President to do Good Things for our country where people are being made to think that they are as Buddhist/Muslim/Hindu/Christian
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