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Many told me to accept PM's post, but I refused: Rajitha

2018-04-10 20:12:39
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Minister Rajitha Senaratne said today there were several requests to accept the prime ministerial post after the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was tabled in Parliament, but had refused to stab his leader in the back for the sake of high positions.

He said even LSSP leaders spoke to him secretly on this matter but refused to be enticed because he was used to obtaining positions up front and not through the back door.

At a ceremony held, at the Aluthgama Town Hall grounds, to distribute essential commodities to low-income families for the National New Year, the minister revealed that even Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had suggested that he be the common opposition candidate when the discussions were being held in 2014 to topple the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime, but he had rejected it.

“I explained to Mr. Wickremesinghe that it was best for then minister, Maithripala Sirisena to come forward as the common candidate and introduced him as our nominee for the presidential poll. The no-confidence motion against the Prime Minister was the handiwork of those who worked against Mr. Sirisena at the 2015 presidential election and had no say nor shared in the January 2015 victory. I played an independent role and as a result, I am being applauded by many,” he said.

The minister said the government was in disarray after the February 10 LG polls.

"Our main responsibility is to fulfill the pledges given to the people in 2015. President Maithripala Sirisena accepted the leadership of the SLFP and formed a unity government after the August 2015 general elections. If he had declared a parliamentary election soon after the presidential election in 2015, the UNP would have without doubt recorded a major victory," he said. “Soon after the SLFP was defeated, Basil went to the US. Former president was in Tangalle. We set up a yahapalana government with the two main political parties to bring prosperity to the country. We would have won the LG polls if we contested the poll as one unit. I told this to the president. However, we won the LG polls on the number of votes but lost on the number of wards."


  Comments - 38

  • Saman Tuesday, 10 April 2018 20:35

    Like Father, Like Son or Like son, Like father.. Both way its true.

    Reply : 3       139

    Scooby Doo Wednesday, 11 April 2018 09:20

    One minute silence for all those who believed this.

    Reply : 0       86

    sandy Wednesday, 11 April 2018 09:39

    රට රාජිතට දී අපි රටින් යමු

    Reply : 0       60

    Aladeniya Kirimathaya Wednesday, 11 April 2018 12:37

    Rajitha, please don't joke.

    Reply : 0       36

    Suren Wednesday, 11 April 2018 16:30

    Wonder who those disliked it

    Reply : 0       7

    Andapala Wednesday, 11 April 2018 17:26

    Onna mama kewwi ne hondai!!

    Reply : 1       7

    Pulasthi Tuesday, 10 April 2018 20:35

    You would have been greeted with months of strike by the national federation of trade unions.

    Reply : 6       88

    Sohan Aththidiya Tuesday, 10 April 2018 20:39

    Mr. Rajitha, you are a very unpopular person in Sri Lanka. So you too would have been a bigger failure.

    Reply : 9       128

    Flanker Wednesday, 11 April 2018 09:10

    Very true! if he becomes the PM this country would be with full of strikes everyday..

    Reply : 0       44

    johan Wednesday, 11 April 2018 08:48

    Are your sure the PM post in Sri Lanka is put for sale to appoint people like you.Before Day Dreaming first solve the problems of Doctors and Nurses who are always on the road raising banners

    Reply : 2       47

    JIM Wednesday, 11 April 2018 09:00

    “Honesty is a very expensive gift. Don't expect it from cheap people.”Warren Buffett

    Reply : 0       49

    Ronnie Bugger Wednesday, 11 April 2018 09:05

    Minister Rajitha, very gentlemanly to refuse to stab your leader in the back, BUT, was your leader ready to offer his back for the knife? No way, I would say because your leader is the author of a jigsaw puzzle that is slowly and surely falling into place.

    Reply : 0       26

    H.D.gunaratne Wednesday, 11 April 2018 09:11

    Dear Minister,, Do you think that Sri Lankans are bloody fools to believe all what you utter.? You speak of stabbing in the back. Didn't you do the same thing to Mahinda your God Father when you were in his cabinet. Speak of something that people could stomach.,

    Reply : 1       43

    Nuwan Wednesday, 11 April 2018 09:38

    Thank you very much !

    Reply : 0       19

    Wesley.Kotte Wednesday, 11 April 2018 09:43

    There is time for you..who offered ? Tna or Slpp or unp or President MS .

    Reply : 0       15

    D.E.M.O.Crazy Wednesday, 11 April 2018 10:03

    Dopnt forget he is the only Health Minister who brought the drug prices down.

    Reply : 38       13

    Dhammika Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:39

    People already have forgotten mediciene prices have been made cheaper . THANK YOU FOR THAT DR . RAJITHA.

    Reply : 25       11

    Hakaraya Wednesday, 11 April 2018 10:27

    Then still Mahinda Rajapakse will be the president in SL. This කැද හැළිය won’t be there.

    Reply : 3       20

    shanthapriya Wednesday, 11 April 2018 10:28

    until now we thought you were a humble and wise person

    Reply : 11       12

    mnsmart Wednesday, 11 April 2018 10:32

    where in pakisland?

    Reply : 1       20

    IVJ Wednesday, 11 April 2018 10:36

    Sri Lanka is in shambles because of politicians like you. Unless God intervenes and wipe you all out or transform your brains to work honestly for the people of this country, Sri Lanka does not have any hope.

    Reply : 0       33

    Pramod Fernando Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:07

    This man thinks countrymen are mee harak to believe what he preaches.

    Reply : 0       22

    Premalal Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:18

    Can't we get Charlie Chaplin instead?

    Reply : 0       21

    InvictuSriLankan Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:19

    When you say 'many' do you mean 'my son'???

    Reply : 0       18

    kuhan Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:30

    Very funny, voter baseless, President and PM.

    Reply : 0       17

    Suren Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:35

    Reason for GMOA to strike coz of these people

    Reply : 2       14

    rosebud Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:48

    Keep dreaming man!

    Reply : 0       19

    Fedi Wednesday, 11 April 2018 12:24

    Considerable number of Sri Lankan's think this man talks rubbish. But he is the only one in current cabinet to manage minority parties, blame MR for his wrongdoings and still have a support of majority of ,SLFP and UNP members.

    Reply : 16       8

    Ceylon Lokka Wednesday, 11 April 2018 12:33

    If they elect you as PM, that's the end of SriLanka.

    Reply : 0       18

    Ven Koswatte Ariyaratne Thero Wednesday, 11 April 2018 12:35

    Are you really a doctor or like Dr. Mervyn Silva you have pasted the word "Dr" in front of your name?

    Reply : 1       15

    All Wednesday, 11 April 2018 14:13

    Last may day you promised to catch all the culprits and murderers thajuden wmt apd a ah jgap

    Reply : 1       10

    Hora Wednesday, 11 April 2018 16:39

    This Awurudu season he wants to be the talk of the town.

    Reply : 0       3

    ranjith Wednesday, 11 April 2018 17:53

    wow so if he did accept would he be the first doctor to be a Prime Minister in our country.

    Reply : 1       2

    sudatth Wednesday, 11 April 2018 17:54

    dear minister who is many we dont know manybut we know people dont like you

    Reply : 0       3

    will Wednesday, 11 April 2018 18:14

    most unpopular politician next to CBK,what big talks he gives , he knows it , that is why he refused to be the common candidate in 2014

    Reply : 0       3

    Sils Wednesday, 11 April 2018 18:25

    All those who made the request must have wanted to give him a moment of unreal glory!!!

    Reply : 0       3

    Dr. Parakrama Gurusinghe Wednesday, 11 April 2018 19:41

    What ar3 you trying to do? Draw attention to your self? Do not disclose information given in confidence. You look silly.

    Reply : 0       3

    P J ROY Wednesday, 11 April 2018 19:56

    I full understand the minister. He is tell.us the truth. No fib in this at all. Only one thingnhe didnt mention to all of you understand ..... he wasbdreaming..... it was all in his dream. So dont worry. This minister has had another "wet dream" This is the type of law maker we have in our country.. Bottom of the barrel is outting it mildly.

    Reply : 0       3

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