Written by Tharushan Fernando
01 Mar, 2016 | 9:20 pm
The Minister of Irrigation and Water Resource Management,Vijith Wijayamuni Soysa, while speaking to reporters in Colombo, criticised the conduct of Basil Rajapaksa.
The minister stated that when President Maithripala Sirisena was the General Secretary of the Party, they all came to him and asked him to take action, and they were merely ministers for namesake.
“The Minister of Sports was not Mahindananda, it was Namal Rajapaksa. The Minister of Wildlife was not Vijith Wijayamuni Soysa”, said Minister Soysa
He added that when funds were obtained from the World Bank, the funds were directed to the Ministry of Economic Development and the Ministry of Economic Development set up the elephant fences, and that is how the ministries were controlled …”
The minister also responded to attempts being made to create a new party, stating that Basil Rajapaksa – presenting himself to lead the new party – and this ‘fantasy party’ that is being formed by the joint opposition. But will not receive a mandate from the public and he was the one who named Vijaya Kumaratunga and several other SLFP Leader as Naxalites and ensured that they were jailed.
“He did so, to obtain employment from Gamini Dissanayake. We remind the people that he is a person who wanted to split the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. He did not create it”, said the minister who added that Basil Rajapaksa is not one who created a government, but Basil Rajapaksa is one who pioneers in defeating governments and destroying governments – and if such a person is providing leadership to the Joint Opposition – no one would approve of it.
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