The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) yesterday (13) rejected claims that former Eastern Province Governor M. L. A. M. Hisbullah is indirectly backing SLPP presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
Hisbullah was accused of attempting to split the Muslim vote by running as an independent candidate in the upcoming presidential elections with the intention of supporting Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
Issuing a statement, Rajapaksa’s spokesman MP Dullas Alahapperuma noted that the SLPP strongly condemns all the ‘useless efforts’ of accusing its candidate.
“Gotabaya Rajapaksa has introduced a political culture that is responsible and driven by modern ideologies. We insist that he be questioned based on his policies and not based on media agendas,” the statement quoted Alahapperuma as saying.
The SLPP also dismissed the allegations that Ceylon Thowheed Jamath (CTJ) General Secretary Abdul Razik, ‘who made inappropriate statements about the Lord Buddha’ is supporting Rajapaksa’s presidential campaign.
“We strongly condemn both of these allegations,” the statement added.