Susil Premajayantha says he has no connection to Mahinda Rajapakasa’s propaganda campaign during the previous Presidential election
Former UPFA General Secretary and Minister Susil Premajayantha said that the outstanding balance of the UPFA bank account was less than 10 thousand rupees at the time of the presidential election was called last year.
He exposed these details to the media after giving a statement to the Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry to probe massive fraud and corruption this morning.
Minister Premajayantha was summoned to record a statement in connection with the non-payment of 200 million rupees to Independent Television Network where its airtime was used for propaganda campaigns of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa during the past presidential election.
Former Chairman of ITN Anura Siriwardana, current officials of ITN, former minister Dallas Alahapperuma, former minister Keheliya Rambukwella, ex-Secretary to the former president Lalith Weeratunga and former Secretary of the then Finance Ministry P.B. Jayasundera were also questioned in connection with this same matter on previous occasions.
Earlier, a statement with regard to the same matter was recorded from former president Mahinda Rajapaksa as well at his Mirihana residence.
Having given the statement, former president Rajapaksa told the media that the payments for his election advertisements were made by the UPFA.
However, journalists enquired UPFA former General Secretary Premajayantha about the statement made by former president Rajapaksa.
Answering journalists, minister Premajayantha stated that a propaganda committee had been appointed during the last presidential election and authority to broadcast election advertisements of the former president was vested with that committee.
He also said that he did not interfere in the functions of that media and propaganda committee.