Sri Lanka’s common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena Saturday dismissed the government’s charge that a foreign conspiracy is behind his decision to come forward to challenge the incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the presidential election.
Refuting the allegations levelled against him in a TV program aired on the Sirasa TV, the former health minister said he has been a member of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party for 47 years and he is still a member of the party although the government has said that he was expelled from the SLFP.
Sirisena asked if he is a result of a foreign conspiracy then is everyone associated with the common opposition including Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera, JHU and others a part of this foreign conspiracy as well.
Stressing that there is no foreign influence whatsoever in his decision to come forward to challenge the President’s administration, Sirisena said the government is trying to suppress the people’s opinion by spreading blatant lies.
The common opposition candidate said it has to be remembered that in history ultimately however the people power triumphs over the state’s power and a government suppressing people will not succeed.
Sirisena stressed that he will dedicate not only his life but also his family’s to ensure the people’s will is upheld and that democracy and good governance is reinstated in the country.
Speaking further, the former minister said he will work to establish complete media freedom, religious reconciliation and introduce the national government concept into the governance system of the country.
The candidate said from the support he has seen within the last 24 hours it is certain that the common opposition will triumph on January 08, 2015 to prevent the government from taking the country down the current destructive path.
The TV program however was reportedly blocked from being telecasted on Dialog and PEO TV until the program was concluded but was on the Internet.(Colombo Page)