Dec 04, 2016

Gotabhaya sends message to President! Featured

Former defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has conveyed a message to president Maithripala Sirisena, saying that he would find it easier to work with him, than under ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa, say SLFP sources.

He has sent the message to the president through a top leader of the UPFA, who has been working in the past few months to strike a deal between the president and the Rajapaksas.

To prevent a division of the SLFP

There is an opinion within the SLFP now that they should cooperate with the Rajapaksas in order to prevent a division of the party.

Those who want such a deal with the Rajapaksas have challenged the Mahinda Rajapaksa opponents to introduce two officials in the calibre of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and P.B. Jayasundara to the president if possible, in order to strengthen him and the SLFP.

Mahinda Rajapaksa opponents are agreeable to Chamal Rajapaksa, rather than the ex-leader, and stress that he should get involved if Gotabhaya Rajapaksa works with the president.

Giving Gotabhaya Rajapaksa a top government position has come under discussion and it was after that the message has been conveyed to the president.

Viyath Maga involved

However, the president is yet to make his view known.

He has welcomed the ongoing talks with Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, who is being represented by ‘Viyath Maga’ organization’s Dr. Nalaka Godahewa, Dr. Meegahakivula, president’s counsel Ali Sabri, retired Maj. Gen. Palitha Fernando and the owner of a leading media institution.

Ex-minister Milinda Moragoda is also said to be actively involved in building a rapport between the president and Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

No middleman is needed

When contacted, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa told Sri Lanka Mirror that he needed no middleman to deal with the president.

He noted that on several occasions, he has telephoned president Sirisena to inform him about certain issues, for which he had given special attention.

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