Sirisena slams oppn protest led by Rajapaksa
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Friday took a jibe at the opposition over its protest march led by Mahinda Rajapaksa against his government, saying the former strongman’s “greed for political power” was the real reason behind the rally.
“If they had governed well when in power, there would have been no need for protest walks,” Sirisena said while addressing a religious gathering in the central town of Mawanella. “Why walk on the roads until you get blisters on your feet?” he mocked.
Sirisena added that the former president’s “greed for political power” was the reason behind the opposition’s protest walk. His predecessor Rajapaksa’s joint opposition group staged a 5-day protest march beginning on Thursday from the central town of Kandy to the capital Colombo.
Rajapaksa said they were protesting Sirisena’s “repression” and action which have left economic burdens on people. He said his group was also opposed to Sirisena’s plan to sign the Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) with India.