Stop mudslinging and prove allegations, former Education Minister tells new govt.

 by Dasun Edirisinghe

Former Education Minister Bandula Gunawardena asked the government yesterday to stop mudslinging and conduct impartial investigations if they had committed anything wrong under the Mahinda Rajapaksa government.

Addressing a media conference at the SFLP head office, accompanied by former Minister Gamini Lokuge, he said the government politicians and the JVP were now vehemently criticizing former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, his family members, ministers of his government, MPs, Principals, university lecturers, contractors, etc. claiming corruption, but nothing had been proved.

"I ask them to stop mudslinging and prove the allegations," Gunawardena said, adding that if they could not he would sue them for defamation.

The former minister said a protest had been held in Homagama recently demanding his resignation as SLFP Homagama Organiser. The protesters had also accused him of corruption, but he had not even drawn his salary as a minister or got official vehicles, fuel allowances, official residence, overseas travel allowances or allowances for personal staff. "So, how can they accuse me of having been a corrupt politician", the former Education Minister asked.

Gunawardena said that they would support President Maithripala Sirisena’s 100 – day programme while being critical of the wrongs committed by the new government.

Former Labour Minister Gamini Lokuge said that SLFPers including former President Rajapaksa and his family members had been politically victimised after the Jan. 08 presidential election and President Maithripala Sirisena would have to address those issues of blatant harassment as the party leader now.

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