Speculation on high profile crossovers 

Mahinda bribed LTTE to win 2005 Presidential Election – Champika

by Zacki Jabbar

Former Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremenayake and Ministers S.B.Nawinna and Jeevan Kumaranatunga are among many key figures in the government tipped to pledge their support to the Joint Oppositions Presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena this week.

  Informed sources said that Wickremenayake had met former President Chandrika Kumaratunga who was in the forefront of Srisena’s election campaign last week.

"Ratnasiri Wickremenayake, his son Vidura, S.B.Nawinna, Jeevan Kumaranatunga and his daughter, widow of Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, Sudharshini and some other seniors in the Rajapaksa regime will support the Joint Oppositions Presidential candidate before January 8, " they predicted.

As of yesterday a total of 27 Government MPs and Ministers in addition to over a 100 local and Provincial Council members had joined Sirisena.

  Meanwhile, former Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka MP told a news conference in Colombo last week, that a National Democratic Front government headed by Sirisena would institute legal action against top LTTE members whom President Mahinda Rajapaksa was protecting.

"A close relative of Mahinda handed over Rs.700 million to the LTTE in 2005, as a gratification to ensure that Mahinda won the election Poll held that year," he charged adding that the Tigers former Chief arms procurer Kumaran Pathmanthan who had been given VVIP treatment and protection by the Rajapaksas would also be prosecuted.

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