Chandrika maintained an oppressive rule; A 4 page statement of criticism from Mahinda
Former president and MP Mahinda Rajapaksa said that his predecessor Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga maintained a very oppressive rule during her regime.
He stated this in reply to a recent interview given to the Hindu newspaper by former president Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga.
Former president MP Mahinda Rajapaksa released the statement of four pages to the media under the title of “to the special attention of SLFP and UPFA voters”.
In his statement, former president MP Mahinda Rajapaksa quoted his predecessor Kumaratunga as saying she was happy to defeat his government.
Kumaratunga has also explained to the Hindu about her part in the plot to defeat Rajapaksa rule in the January 8th Presidential election.
She has labeled that almost all powerful members of the then SLFP were thieves and murderers, therefore she found it difficult to choose a potential candidate to field against Rajapaksa.
Former president MP Mahinda Rajapaksa said that such statements to a foreign newspaper are a grim humiliation on all party members, and stated some of them labeled as thieves have served in his predecessor’s government as well.
He also recollected that his predecessor was imposed a fine after she was found guilty of a land abuse.
He further stated that several officers attached to her security division were also found guilty of harassing artistes Rukantha and Chandraleka.
Describing further former president MP Mahinda Rajapaksa said that he did not quit the party for whatever reasons despite the requests made by many supporters to contest the last general election under a different symbol.
He also stated that President Kumaratunga publicly requested SLFPers to vote for the UNP.
He concludes his statement saying that former President Chandrika Bandaranaike has forgotten she was a former leader of the party and is still a central working committee member.