He said this in response when asked about news reports being published that Gotabhaya Rajapaksa would be the Presidential candidate.
A weekend newspaper had reported in their headline story that the Rajapaksa brothers and their children had met at the Opposition Leader’s official residence last Thursday (14) and they had unanimously decided that Gotabhaya Rajapaksa would be the Presidential candidate. The newspaper also reported that Basil and Gota had said they would launch a countrywide campaign.
Ploy to exert pressure on judges?
Meanwhile, in a special report published on ‘E News’ web site, it was revealed that the state weekend paper report is a complete lie and that it was a conjured up story by the reporter. The web site had quoted a Rajapaksa family spokesman.
The spokesman had said that there had not even been a meeting of the Rajapaksa brothers as reported in the newspaper.
The web site stated that perhaps this ploy was hatched by Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and his band of military and business mafia, to exert pressure on the judges as the cases against him are currently being heard on a daily basis at the special high courts.
Proposal to Mahinda by Rekawa Jinarathana Thera
Meanwhile, the Judicial Sangha Nayaka of the Wayamba Province Ven. Rekawa Jinarathana Thera and several other monks from the Wayamba Province had urged Mahinda Rajapaksa to nominate Gotabhaya Rajapaksa as the Presidential candidate.
Expressing his views, National Freedom Front MP Wimal Weerawansa noted that the people are now asking for Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.
“By now everyone knows who the Presidential candidate is from our camp. People also know that Mahinda Rajapaksa cannot contest the Presidential election. Therefore, people want Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. Mahinda Rajapaksa always adhered to the people’s wishes,” he said.
Welgama becomes a spoke in the wheel..
Meanwhile, expressing his views regarding Wimal Weerawansa’s statement, Badulla District SLPP-leader Kumara Welgama said, “No matter who is criticised, but we will support Mahinda if a person who values democracy is nominated where we can rest peacefully.”
He said the only leader who could uplift this country is Mahinda Rajapaksa. He said this during a ceremony.