UNP conspiring to link Gota to Easter attacks – Gammanpila
Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) leader MP Udaya Gammanpila accused the United National Party (UNP) of hatching a conspiracy to link SLPP presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa to the Easter Sunday attacks.
Speaking at a joint press conference this morning together with representatives of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), Gammanpila said the UNP was looking to create a scandalous talking point till 14 November.
Phase one of the plan, said Gammanpila, is to release a video that shows a supposed confession made by a National Thawheed Jammath (NTJ) member, in which he says the attacks were carried out by international terrorists upon a request made by presidential hopeful Rajapaksa. The conspiracy theory, said the MP, will insinuate that this was done with the objective of gaining the upperhand in the upcoming presidential elections in the area of national security.
The video will also reveal two names of Sri Lankans through whom Rajapaksa had allegedly formed close links with terrorists in the Middle-east and Europe, added Gammanpila.
The second stage of the conspiracy, he said, would involve all the catholic MPs and local councillors of the UNP organising a joint press conference claiming Rajapaksa is responsible for the deaths and injuries caused by the Easter bombers and that he should be arrested immediately.
Some Catholic priests would be then be influenced to file a police complaint against Rajapaksa, demanding an independent inquiry into the allegations.
Finally, a forged and baseless document would be released by the UNP suggesting that the SLPP candidate had connections with the international terrorists, he said.
MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage, meanwhile, said that the said this conspiracy will be hatched in six phases, the first of which will see rival presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa creating a buzz among the people that Ranil Wickremesinghe would not be appointed as the Prime Minister of his government.
According to Aluthgamage, discussions are already underway with Wickremesinghe to obtain his approval to make this announcement. “Even if PM Wickremesinghe does not give his approval, Premadasa will go ahead and make the announcement,” he said.
Another part of the plot, he added, would involve a section of the SLFP having a separate convention on 5 November under the leadership of former president Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and a few other SLFP veterans asking to support Sajith Premadasa in the election.