Presidential candidate Maithrripala Sirisena has started spilling the beans of his times with the Rajapaksha government. Addressing a rally organised by the Purawesi Balaya at Hyde Park he said that he once cautioned the government on the corruption charges it faced with regard to road construction but the state top brass warned him saying he should not talk about corruption in the government. “I was told that I should not do the job of the Opposition,’
Sirisena said he and UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayantha were also warned for intervening and calming the two parties involved in the clash where presidential advisor Baratha Lakshman Premachandra was killed.
The stage was studded with prominent leaders including Ranil, Chandrika and the venerable Madulwawe Sobith thero .The notable absentee was Tamil National Alliance parliamentarian M A Sumanthiran. Although he was billed to speak issuing a statement he said that he feels his attendance would be ‘inappropriate’ as his party still has not made a decision on whether or not to support the common Opposition movement.
. He has however, noted three main concerns which all democratic forces in the country shares to which includes,
– Concentration of Executive, judicial and parliamentary powers in the hands of a single family
– Economic mismanagement and corruption
– Break down of law and order