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Sri Lanka opposition's war on Mangala's oral brigades

By Our Political Correspondent

Jul 18, 2015 10:59 AM GMT+0530 | 3 Comment(s)

  

ECONOMYNEXT - Sri Lanka's main opposition launched its parliamentary election campaign declaring war against an alleged group of 5,000 young men and women deployed to “discredit” former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.

UPFA affiliate Wimal Weerawansa told the inaugural campaign rally at Anuradhapura on Friday evening that Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera has recruited 5,000 youngsters to attack the opposition via word-of-mouth.

"There was one such person slating Mahinda Rajapaksa at a restaurant," Weerawansa said. "The restaurant owner was angry over this and pretended to accidentally spill boiling hot water on that person.

"I am not asking you to assault them, but you can throw boiling hot water on them... accidentally of course," said Weerawansa who is facing a string of allegations over falsifying official travel documents and a host of other financial frauds while he was a minister.

Weerawansa said the Foreign minister had also launched a successful campaign to spread what he called falsehoods over social media.

The UPFA rally also demonstrated the deep divisions within the party. The main Anuradhapura district leader Dumina Dissanayake boycotted the meeting, but sent his cut out with a bold number 9, his preferential list number.

Dissanayake was one of the first batch of SLFP MPs to quit Rajapaksa's government last year and support Maithripala Sirisena.

The play ground at the Anuradhapura town was packed when former president Rajapaksa addressed the crowds. He was assisted by a teleprompter, but his officials said he deviated from the prepared text.

He talks about the need to learn from his previous mistakes and ensure ethnic reconciliation and freedom for minorities to practice their religion, but had minutes earlier noted that it was the minority Tamils who defeated him.

However, he ended his speech with a Ramadan greeting to Muslims.

Economy Next also wishes its Muslim readers a happy Eid. (Anuradhapura/July18/2015)


 

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3 Comments

  1. sue July 20, 05:48 AM

    what can you expect from a man called Mangala, He is having the time of his life travelling the world at the taxpayers money and instigating young voters to do the wrong things.

  2. sacre-blieu July 19, 09:29 AM

    Weerawansa has undoubtedly become Sri Lankas' foremost fiction, mystery and contortionist writer and actor, and should receive the appropriate awards given by all organisations. Damn good entertainment. But what of the facts Mind over matter,or is it his mind over his matter

  3. Sri-lankan July 18, 07:48 AM

    Wimal Weerawangsa should be immediately arrested and charged for inciting violence on voters.What he is saying to his supporters who do not wish to tolerate criticism of this bunch of crooks is to throw boiling water on them.This is a serious offence.I hope the election commissioner and leaders of the other political parties will lodge complaints and have the police take action immediately. Of course he will be able to get advise from that shameless man Sarath Silva.Lets hope he will give the wrong advise as usual.

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