Ranil denies Rasamanickam’s claims

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Former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today (06) refuted Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP Shanakiyan Rasamanickam’s allegations accusing him of supporting the Rajapaksas.

Speaking in Parliament this morning, Leader of the United National Party (UNP) Wickremesinghe asserted that he has never supported nor had any ‘deals’ with the Rajapaksas, and to date remains against them.

Explaining this, he reminded the public of the deal the Rajapaksas had with the LTTE to defeat him in the 2005 Presidential election.

Rasamanickam yesterday (05) accused Wickremasinghe of approaching several Parliamentarians in an attempt to convince them to vote for Ranjith Siyambalapitiya for the post of Deputy Speaker, so as to support the Government.

In response to his accusations, the former PM noted that he had assured his support towards Siyambalapitiya if he was contesting for the post from the Opposition benches following his resignation, and therefore did not see a reason to go back on his word.

Seeking the confidence of the House through contesting for the post after resigning from it and later withdrawing from the Government ‘set a good precedence’, Wickremasinghe said.

Moreover, the UNP Leader noted that yesterday’s developments within Parliament only led to citizens turning against Parliamentarians, accusing them of wasting an entire day debating over their personal agendas.

He further accused the Parliament of failing to fulfill their duty owed to the public, losing sight of the current problems faced by the public. He emphasised, in this regard, that by June, the situation of the current crisis will be unpredictable.