‘Ranil has found the ideal scapegoat’
Plantation Industries Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe and several other
UPFA Ministers who pledged to work for President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s
victory at the forthcoming election, said Minister Maithripala Sirisena
has fallen into a trap set by the UNP with the connivance of external
“I see this as a conspiracy to destabilise the country; there are
powerful external forces manipulating the whole situation’, Minister
Samarasinghe said while Senior Minister Prof. Tissa Vitharana termed the
latest defection as a ploy by the weak UNP leadership to come to power.
“If the objectives set by former Minister Maithripala Sirisena and
others are achieved, he will enjoy power of the Executive Presidency for
a very short period after which power will be passed on to Ranil
Wickremesinghe and the UNP,” Minister Vitharana said.
Minister Samarasinghe said he will work tirelessly to ensure
President Rajapaksa’s victory.
Construction, Engineering Services, Housing and Common Amenities
Minister Wimal Weerawansa said, “The abolition of the Executive
Presidency is a ploy by these forces to bring about a regime change and
destabilise the country.”
He said this was what the LTTE diaspora yearned for. “These hawks are
at play again and are trying to fulfil the hopes they lost during
January 2010 through a different candidate this time.”
Sugar Industry Development Minister Lakshman Senewiratne said if
Maithripala Sirisena wants to abolish the Executive Presidency within
100 days and appoint Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Prime Minister, what
will be his position after 100 days? Is this the mandate he is seeking
from the people?