Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says that when the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) agreed to form a government with the United National Party (UNP) in 2015, he and a group of SLFP members, had separated to serving the responsibilities of the Opposition with the permission of President Maithripala Sirisena.
He made these sentiments speaking at a Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) public rally held in Angunakolapelessa yesterday (20)
"The crisis followed after people rejected us and the SLFP formed alliance with the UNP took us to form a separate group to serve as the Opposition with the permission of the President. This was when we traveled around the country and formed the Lotus pod (Pohottuwa).
Therefore, this is only a branch of the SLFP. The only difference is that we did not agree to UNP's terms. I remind you that we are contesting together with the SLFP today," he said.
He also criticized Chandrika Bandaranaike, who has again become a controversial figure in politics.
"Now, I heard that our dear Lady Chandrika, sitting abroad, tries to protect the SLFP by forming an organization. I think it already has been secured. There is no question about it. This can obviously be seen as an act of sabotage.
I talked about this with the President when I met him yesterday. But need I tell you, we were not the first ones to split away from the SLFP. Mrs. Chandrika and Mr. Vijaya Kumaratunga did it first. We never broke out. We began to serve the duties of the Opposition when the UNP interfered," he added.
Mahinda Rajapaksa was well aware of the political potential of Mrs. Chandrika Bandaranaike and it was well demonstrated that he is in a state of turmoil.