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SF blasts President over recent comments

While responding to President Maithripala Sirisena`s comments regarding the UNP straying from the policies of former Prime Ministers D.S. Senanayake and Dudley Senanayake, Minister Sarath Fonseka said if one attempted to compare politics of that era to the present day, such a person was likely to be mentally retarded.

While addressing a UNP Media conference at Party Headquarters Sirikotha, yesterday (23), Minister Fonseka added that “Before 1948, elites of the likes of D.S. Senanayake set up the UNP and contributed to gain Independence from the British imperialists.

But, all of them were from elite families, and there was no representation of the common people. However, the UNP has evolved and people of the likes of former President Ranasinghe Premadasa gained Party leadership.”

He added that Party politics of that era was different from the present.
“If someone attempts to be a Bandaranaike or a D.S. Senanayake in the modern era, society will look at that person as being a maniac,” he claimed.

He alleged that certain ungrateful persons, who came to power thanks to UNP votes, were now attempting to remove Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe from his position and secretly support defeated leader Mahinda Rajapaksa.

“I don`t want to mention names. But everyone knows who came to power with the support of UNP voters and now they are trying to betray us. At one time, they tried to remove the Prime Minister with a No Confidence Motion, and now they are trying to do it through a caretaker Government. As during the No Confidence Motion issue, the caretaker Government conspiracy will also be defeated,” he further claimed.

Recently, President Sirisena stated that he embodied a combination of D.S. Senanayake and Bandaranaike, founders of the UNP and the SLFP, respectively.

Addressing a book launch in Colombo, President Sirisena said, "When D.S. Senanayake settled villagers in Polonnaruwa, he may not have thought that a man hailing from those families would run the country one day.

When Bandaranaike formed the SLFP and ushered in a new revolution, he may not have thought that a son of his revolution would lead his Party. I am a combination of both. I respect both of them equally.”

(Ceylon Today)

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