February 15, 2016 05:48 pm
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa gave up the SLFP chairmanship over personal issues, or not because he loved this country nor the party, Minister S. B. Dissanayake says.
The observation was made at a press conference held in Colombo this afternoon (15).
The Minister claimed the former President had to give up party chairmanship amid corruption and fraud investigations initiated aiming his (Mahinda Rajapaksa’s) family members.
“It’s a big lie if Rajapaksa says that he gave up the chairmanship because he loves this country and the party,” he added.
However, the former President yesterday stressed he gave up the chairmanship of the SLFP since he had no intention to see the party split. “He (President) got the chairmanship from me using executive powers,” Rajapaksa said.