May 04, 2017

Anura speaks on behalf of Mahinda Featured

JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake has criticized a reduction of the level of security given to ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa, and said that his party disapproved of the measure if it was taken based ‘on the May Day’.

Addressing parliament today (04), he spoke on behalf of Rajapaksa after joint opposition’s leader Dinesh Gunawardena raised the matter, who claimed that 42 policemen attached to the ex-president’s security detail had been withdrawn after May Day.

The decision if security needs to be given him should be taken on the basis of whether there is a threat or not, but it is unfair if that decision is taken on political grounds, Dissanayake stressed.

Joining in, Dullas Alahapperuma noted that Rajapaksa was facing a much higher level of threat from the LTTE, than TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran who was reportedly under threat by the LTTE.

He also referred to a remark made at Campbell Park by minister Sarath Fonseka that the former president should be hung from his shawl.

Leader of the House Lakshman Kirella said the matter would be brought to the notice of the president and the prime minister.

Kirella said Rajapaksa still had adequate security, given by police and the STF.

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya too, said he would look into the matter.