The United National Party (UNP) says former President Mahinda Rajapaksa reminds them of the story of the fox who cunningly flattered the crow to grab the piece of cheese.
Dilip Wedaarachchi, the Minister of State for Fisheries and UNP member, said that Rajapaksa decided to flee from Hambantota to the Wayamba to contest the Parliamentary election next month because he failed to provide to the people of Hambantota the much needed water supply scheme, a programme to develop agriculture and improve the livestock industry.
Rajapaksa had reportedly stated at a meeting held in Mawathagama recently that he decided to contest the Parliamentary elections from Kurunegala District because the most number of his trusted temples, loyal soldiers and affectionate Members of Parliament are in the Kurunegala District.
“This is a grave insult on the people of Giruwapaththuwa who ushered in the Rajapaksa generation and Mr. MahindaRajapaksa to politics. Furthermore, it is a slur on the sacred temples and much respected Venerable Maha Sangha of the South who showered their blessings on Mahinda Rajapaksa. It had been reported that for several months religious ceremonies were held at certain temples in the South to bestow blessings on Mahinda Rajapaksa in order to fulfill his political ambitions. His statement has made it clear that Mahinda Rajapaksa considers this great commitment by Venerable Maha Sangha as a worthless exercise,” Wedaarachchi said.
Wedaarachchi says Rajapaksa, who masqueraded as king Dutugemunu, and boasted with pride of the achievements of the heroic soldiers of the South, now states that he doesn’t have soldiers in the South loyal to him.
The UNP member accused Rajapaksa of trying to hoodwink the people of Wayamba in the same manner as he deceived the people of Giruwapathtuwa. (Colombo Gazette)