NGOs and UNP behind Gota citizenship case – SLPP
The Sr Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) expressed its hope for a decision in favour of the party’s presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa whose citizenship is now being challenged in court.
Speaking to reporters this morning at the Viyathmaga office, Rajapaksa spokesman MP Keheliya Rambukwella said the petition filed by Prof. Chandraguptha Thenuvara and Gamini Viyangoda was the result of a politically motivated conspiracy.
“It’s clear that our rival parties fear the candidacy of Gotabaya Rajapksa. On 20 September, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) requested the Colombo magistrate to arrest him. When that attempt failed, they came up with this. It has been proven that Viyangoda and Thenuwara had held discussions with the UNP in this regard,” said Rambukwella.
“This shows the UNP’s incompetence and inability to face Gotabaya in an election,” he added.
MP Dullas Alahapperuma said the two petitioners were heads of NGOs (Non Governmental Organisations) playing out the roles designated to them by United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa.
“We assure you that the process of renouncing Rajapksa’s American citizenship and obtaining relevant documents are 100 per cent legal and technically sound. His lawyers have confirmed that he has done nothing wrong either constitutionally or politically. There is no issue here. A group of lawyers including MP. A. Sumanthiran is representing the NGO heads who filed this case against Gotbaya. We won’t criticize that because that’s his profession, but the people of this country should know about it,” he said.
“Gotabaya Rajapaksa received his American citizenship in 2003, and then received dual citizenship in 2005. He is a man of 70 years and for 68 years he has been a Sri Lankan. He did not have Sri Lankan citizenship only for two years,” he added.