Written by Staff Writer
15 Jun, 2015 | 9:49 pm
Former president Chandrika Bandaranaike responded to the views expressed by parliamentarian Dullas Allahapperuma.
Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga stated that before accusing her, he should say the same to Mahinda Rajapaksa. She said she was not defeated, unlike Mahinda Rajapaksa, but instead she completed two terms.
She said that when most of the members of the party were of the opinion that she should change and contest for the third term, she did not since she was a democrat and made way to for Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest the polls.
She went on to note that after two years members of her party and supporters came to her and asked her to come forward to save the country from the Mahinda rule. The former president said the country had been ruined, and that this view has been expressed for seven years.
She noted that she shied away since she didn’t want to create a problem within the party she made victorious but eventually, after considering the destruction, she accepted it.
She added that through their efforts the SLFP and eleven other parties came together with the UNP and created a situation where their party could be made strong once again. The clear leader of the party is President Sirisena. The politburo is the esteemed body of the party and a majority of them is on their side. The members of the party are being influnced by those with petty agendas which creates rifts in the party.
In addition to this she added that without any support form Mahinda Rajapaksa, and when Dullus Alahapperuma was against her, she faced all these obstacles and brought the SLFP to power and made it a formidable force, after 17 years, without their support.
Further, she added that the party was in power for twenty years- where for sixteen years the government that was formed by her was in power. The SLFP government formed by Mahinda Rajapaksa was in power form 2010 to 2014.
She alleged that Dullas Alahapperuma used the power inappropriately and excessively to engage in corruption. As a result of this they are acting insane when they have lost this power.
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