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Tuesday, 16 June 2015 - 19:12
I'm just a participant – says Former President
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Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says that he was just a participant in the recent rally held in Matara.

The former President expressed his views to the media before he met a group of provincial councilors for discussions at Narahenpita Abhayaramaya today.

Responding to the questions posed by the reporters, the former president reiterated that he attended the Matara Rally as a participant and also said that it would be advantageous to the SLFP to contest for the election under the new electoral system.

Expressing his views regarding the proposal of having 2 ballot papers, the former President said that these matters cannot be considered arbitrarily and that decisions should be taken after holding proper discussions.

Meanwhile, Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has released a communiqué rejecting the allegations made against him for obtaining a commission of Rs. 15 billion pertaining to the Norochcholai Coal power Plant project during his regime.

The communiqué was released in response to the charges made by former President Chandrika Bandaranaike.
Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike recently stated that members of the Rajapaksa regime have obtained a commission of Rs.15 billion from the Norochcholai Coal Power Plant Project.

According to the communiqué, the initial estimate submitted on the 9th of June 2005 for the first phase of Norochcholai power plant was US$ 398 million.

However, following the talks held in July of the same year, the official estimate for the power plant that submitted on 30th of August has been increased up to US$ 471 million.

The communiqué further stated that the estimate was increased during the Chandrika Bandaranaike regime.

The media communiqué released under the signature of the Media Coordinator of the former President, stated that a committee appointed after the former president came to power, was able to reduce the estimate to US$ 450 million.

The communiqué further stated that they could continue the dialogue if former President Kumaratunga explains how the Norochcholai coal power plant’s estimate was increased from US$ 398 million to 471 million during the period extending from June to August 2005.
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