Wimal sees RAW hand

Many elected members defy party dictat

By Dasun Edirisinghe and Cyril Wimalasurendra
Reporting from Kandy

Former Minister and National Freedom Front Leader Wimal Weerawansa yesterday said that Indian intelligence service RAW and US were behind the victory of Maithripala Sirisena over UPFA candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa at the January 08 presidential election.

 Addressing a massive rally in Kandy organised by the MEP, NFF, DLF and Pivithuru Hela Urumaya demanding that former President Rajapaksa be nominated as the UPFA’s Prime Ministerial candidate at the forthcoming general election, Weerawansa said that several MPs of the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government which had as partners Champika Ranawaka, Rajitha Senaratne, Rauff Hakeem et al had claimed responsibility for the ‘change,’ but they had only carried out an Indo-US contract.

US Secretary of State John Kerry had said in Geneva that the US was behind the new change in Sri Lanka, Weerawansa said, adding that Kerry’s utterance proved his allegation..

Weerawansa said the new government was now planning to return 1,000 acres of land in High Security Zones in the Northern Province to people there and Sri Lankan refugees in South India would also be settled in those lands.

"RAW agents will also be among those refugees who return from South India," he alleged.

The former minister said that India and US were also bent on stopping the Colombo port city project.

Weerawansa said the government was currently reducing the police divisions in the Northern Province and it had transferred officers who were opposed to those changes. .

He said the JVP was silent and now JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake had become UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe’s buddy.

Recently, Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe challenged JVP leader for a public debate, but Anura Dissanayake backed out and complained to Wickremesinghe, the NFF Leader said.

He asked other SLFP MPs to join them like Kandy District parliamentarian Dilum Amunugama and 87 provincial council members countrywide disregarding the SLFP ban.

MEP leader Dinesh Gunawardena said they did not want to divide the SLFP contrary to claims made by SLFP General Secretary Anura Priyadarshana Yapa.

"I would like to remind Yapa, who was a young man in 1982 that we at that time offered MEP and its symbol for SLFP candidate Hector Kobbekaduwa to contest the presidential election when Sirimavo Bandaranaike lost her civic rights," he said.

Western Provincial Council member Udaya Gammanpila said that last time Azath Sally had helped them hold a successful rally at Nugegoda. This time SLFP General Secretary Anura Yapa had helped bring a massive crowd by banning SLFP elected members from participating at rallies organised by other parties of the Alliance.

Kandy District MP Dilum Amunugama, Kurunegala District MP Salinda Dissanayake, Western Provincial Minister Upali Kodikara, Southern Provincial Minister D. V. Upul, Western Provincial Council members Nauzer Fowzi, Samanmali Sakalasuriya, Piyal Nishanth, Jagath Angage, Yasapala Koralage, Lalith Ellawala, Southern Provincial Councillors Somawansa Kodagoda, M. K. Kasun, Ajith Rajapaksa Weerasumana Weerasinghe and many other provincial council and local government members attended the rally in defiance of the SLFP ban.

Organisers claimed that the live webcast which the people watched from 48 countries in the world as well as Sri Lanka had been interrupted.

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