Mangala’s allegations baseless - Media Minister
COLOMBO: Media Minister and Cabinet Spokesman Anura
Priyadarshana Yapa categorically denied all allegations levelled at the
Government by the dissident ministers, describing them as fantastic,
nonsensical and utterly baseless.
Addressing journalists at the weekly-Cabinet press briefing at the
Information Department yesterday, Yapa observed that at a time the
country was being steered on the right path to prosperity through the
implementation of the ‘Mahinda Chintanaya’, a conspiracy was being
hatched to cripple the Government.
However, he stressed that the Government was now stable and there is
no reason whatsoever for a general election until 2010.
“We will win convincingly at that election too. Our Government which
was once a minority Government, now enjoys a distinct majority in
Parliament, and has a bright future. We will not only solve the ethnic
issue, but will also implement all mega development projects included in
the Mahinda Chintanaya for the prosperity of the nation,” Yapa added.
He said it is plain for everyone to see that the country is rapidly
progressing in multi dimensions, with a new ‘Thinking’ and a new vision
introduced by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The Minister noted that the Armed Forces are moving forward
victoriously with the LTTE retreating in ignominy. As clearly displayed
at the recent Deyata Kirula Exhibition, no individual was observed to be
under the influence of liquor and misbehaved.
“It was a paradigm shift from the past and a new way of life and
philosophy as envisioned in the Mahinda Chintanaya. No one could disrupt
this trend now,” he said.
Fielding questions from journalists as to the grievances and
predicament of former Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Yapa was of
the view that Samaraweera’s discontentment had only materialised after
the recent Cabinet reshuffle.
“He had been bestowed with two crucial ministries by the President,
when his peers had only one.To his knowledge, Samaraweera had never ever
aired any of his grievances at any time before this.
“I have never ever experienced the so-called interference by anyone
in my ministry.
“This is the first time that I am hearing of an extraordinary demand
where an individual is presenting conditions which can come only from a
“His allegations are totally baseless and a joke, and needs no
response from us,” he said.