Former Chief Minister Berty Premalal Dissanayake has told the media that the UPFA had won the North Central Provincial Council election because of the President. However, behind the cameras, he has said that it was the President’s actions that had pushed him to the second place.
The former Chief Minister had engaged in a lengthy chat with the media personnel after making his official comment. He had spoken with great pain about the issues he had to face during the election campaign.
Dissanayake had explained in details that he and his eldest son are being targeted by the President after hearing a report that his son had a Raja Yoga in his horoscope.
Minister S.M. Chandrasena’s brother, S.M. Ranjith had bee provided with complete state patronage in order to minimize Dissanayake’s powers in the North Central Province. The former Chief Minister has said the President has for some time being using Chandrasena against him and that Chandrasena and his family is now with swollen heads due to the President’s backing. He has added that Chandrasena was of a low caliber and not fit to engage in politics.
The former Chief Minister has noted that the President had even got the Elections Commissioner to act against him to shut down his election offices and that the election laws had been fully applied only to him.
Dissanayake has added that he knew very well that JVP member Wasantha Samarasinghe had been provided with various documents by the Presidential Secretariat to be used against him at a television debate telecast on Derana durng the period of the election.
A senior government minister said the beginning of the end of the Rajapaksa government would start if another person was appointed to the chief ministerial post other than Dissanayake. The minister said that senior SLFPers were trying to avoid such a senior and the President would have to face a bigger crisis if he fails to listen to the seniors.