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Chandrika ran one of the most repressive regimes: Rajapaksa

Mahinda Rajapaksa  

The former Sri Lankan President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, on Thursday reacted strongly to his predecessor >Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga’s observations made in New Delhi last week about his regime and described hers (1994-2005) as “one of the most repressive governments in living memory.”

Responding to a news report published in The Hindu on September 6 on Ms. Kumaratunga’s interview, Mr. Rajapaksa, in a statement hosted on his website (http://www.mahindarajapaksa.lk/), stated that it was “incongruous” for her to be talking of a “police state because she ran one of the most repressive governments in living memory.”

According to him, members of her >presidential security division “were convicted by courts for harassing and terrorising artistes.”

Pointing out that Ms. Kumaratunga was a former leader of the > Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and currently, a member of the Central Committee and co-patron of the party, the former President contended that throughout her interview with The Hindu, Ms. Kumaratunga expressed her “elation and glee” at being able to defeat the SLFP-led United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government (in the presidential election in January).

“No Indian would ever see a former leader [or a Central Committee member or a patron] of the Congress party or the BJP [Bharatiya Janata Party], expressing joy at the defeat of his or her own political party in that manner.”

Referring to Ms. Kumaratunga’s statement on the use of Viber during the previous Rajapaksa regime to prevent telephone calls from being monitored, he asserted that “my government never monitored any phone calls. If we did, the same equipment would now be available to the present government.”

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