Thursday, October 6, 2016

MR can never come back to power: Gayantha

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa can never come back to power under whichever party or guise he may come forward to contest elections, Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media Minister Gayantha Karunatilleke said.

"We refer to him as third time unlucky," the minister said.

He was fielding questions posed by the media following a meeting he addressed at Imaduwa on October 2. The minister said with all state power and resources at his command and the backing of state machinery and a powerful set of ministers, Rajapaksa failed to win the last presidential election.

"So, how can he win with the backing of a small coterie of parliamentarians and a few minor parties without a political base," he asked. Karunatilleke said people of this country will never get deceived by the polemics of the so called Joint Opposition any more.

He said the UNP took the lead in keeping a full stop to Rajapaksa rule and defeating him again at the hustings would be a simple thing.

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