MS saying DS' UNP is no more is a joke: SF

Responding to the statement made by President Maithripala Sirisena that the UNP founded by the late D S Senanayake was no more, Minister Sarath Fonseka said yesterday DS was engaged in a different kind of politics during his time.

“Leaders such as former prime minister D.S Senanayake were
engaged in a different kind of politics because he was striving to free the country from British rule. If one tries to engage in such politics that person will be labeled as a mad man. One must also remember that there are no Bandaranaikes in the SLFP today. The UNP was led by several leaders such as J R Jayewardene, Ranasinghe Premadasa and D B Wijetunga. If someone tries to become another D S Senanayake it will be a joke,” the minister told a media briefing. “The statement that the UNP of the late D S Senanayake is gone makes me laugh."

When asked by journalists about allegations that four ministers had links with RAW, the minister said no one can accuse any minister of having connections with RAW just because they talk of an alleged plot to kill the President.

“The talk about four ministers connected to RAW was popped by the statement made by the Hindu journalists that the ministers spoken about a RAW plot to kill the President. One cannot label ministers as RAW agents just because they talked to this journalist. Associating with RAW is an offence,” he said.

Referring to the Reparation Bill, the minister said paying compensation to those such as former LTTE combatants, who were engaged in anti-government activities, was against the constitution. “However compensation should be paid to state officers if they die or sustain injuries while performing their duties,” he said. (Yohan Perera)