The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today accused President Maithripala Sirisena of betraying the people by giving nominations to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest the Parliament election under the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA).
JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva said that the statement issued by UPFA General Secretary Susil Premjayantha makes it official that Rajapaksa has been given nominations to contest the polls.
“This is a betrayal of the mandate given to the President on January 8. In recent times this can be seen as the greatest betrayal,” Silva said at a media conference today.
He recalled that a majority of the people in the country had voted against Mahinda Rajapaksa at the last Presidential election and backed Sirisena as President.
However Silva said that Sirisena had now gone against the wishes of those very people who brought him to power by deciding to give Rajapaksa nominations.
He said that Sirisena had also betrayed the political parties and civil society who had worked hard to ensure Rajapaksa and his family rule was brought to an end on January 8.
Tilvin Silva said that the JVP will campaign for the Parliament elections by looking to ensure the January 8 revolution is not reversed on August 17. (Colombo Gazette)