Jun 13, 2015 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s former President Chandrika Bandaranayake Kumaratunge says she will not support and endorse the comeback of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa on a matter of principle.
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“It was not a party that the people defeated; it was the Rajapaksa government that the people defeated,” Kumaratunge told reporters in Colombo, Friday.
“So if these people that had a system that we can not agree with are brought back it’s not only the UNP but all of us; the people who fought back on the grounds of common decency and principles that will be terribly embarrassed,”
“It is a matter of principle for me. I have always done politics in a principled manner; I left the SLFP once, with Vijaya, on a matter of principle,”
“I cannot talk for others, but my principles will not permit me to do politics with the Rajapaksa clan who destroyed this country in every possible way.”
Speaking about the defeat of the Rajapaksa regime, she said that it was a very unusual thing that that was done on the 8th of January 2015.
“We did a very unusual thing, I call it the ‘the January 8th silent revelation’ – we were able to work together beautifully,”
“For the first time the two main parties that were at loggerheads with each other for the past 50-60 years came together and worked beautifully together with solidarity and we were able to bring about change in this country,”
“It was a radical transformation of the county’s political culture, the country’s management methods, and the thinking of the government and how to govern.”
“This happened because there was a clear policy,” Kumaranatunge said. “Not just the 100 day policy, a policy of good governance, of decency and democracy, inclusivity, rule of law and all that,”
“While I thank the Rajapaksa regime for winning the war I must says the dividends of peace were not given to the country,”
“The benefits were only enjoyed and pillaged by the family and their cronies,” she added.
Answering journalists’ queries on ongoing investigations relating to former President Rajapaksa, she said: “We are a democratic Government. We will first prove that there was fraud and it is not an easy task to prove it in a day or two.”
“However, I must say that investigations are being carried out very strongly.”