Opposition should not mislead the public, says President


President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said the Opposition can level accusations, but with factually correct information. They should not divulge false information to mislead the public and that is not what we expect from politicians.

The President was addressing the 14th ‘Discussion with the Village’ program at Galagoda, Galle yesterday, March 13.

The President said that an Opposition MP had told a public gathering that it was myself, Sri Lanka Podujana Perumana (SLPP) National Organiser, former Minister Basil Rajapaksa and Avant Garde Chairman, Nissanka Senadhipathi who were behind the Easter Sunday attacks.

“Therefore, I instructed the CID to summon the MP and obtain all the information that is available with him regarding that. Otherwise, hiding the information is some sort of criminal act,” he said.

“However, when the MP was questioned by the CID, he had said that he had fainted and was unconscious and was not aware of such information. That is how they give false and unknown information to mislead the people. If we didn’t question that false information given by the Opposition MP, it would have been in the public domain”.

President Rajapaksa said the Opposition always levels such baseless allegations. Actually, the Easter Sunday carnage is not an issue which can be looked at from a political perspective. This is an issue of national importance.

If the Opposition levels such baseless allegations in a national issue like this, the people can imagine how they would complain about other issues.

A group of parliamentarians from the SLPP subsequently filed a complaint with the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) against the comments by MP Ashok Abeysinghe.

The CID on Thursday recorded a statement from SJB parliamentarian Ashok Abeysinghe for almost five hours regarding the controversial speech he had made pertaining to the Easter Sunday terror attacks and about the people involved in it.