The state minister extended the invitation at a party meeting in Haliela today (13).
Perera said that Rajapakshe was previously a member of the SLFP, the chairman of the previous COPE, and not a thief, but a straight-talking person.
He had to leave the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime after he exposed major frauds through COPE, he said.
Persons like Gammanpila, who are in the joint opposition and sending invitations to him today, castigated him at a meeting at Temple trees, chaired by Mahinda Rajapaksa, after he left the SLFP, according to Perera.
He claimed that it was only him who had spoken before the ex-president on behalf of Rajapakshe after he left the party.