Minister Basil Rajapaksa has told several ministers that former Chief Minister of the North Central Province Berty Premalal Dissanayake has overstepped his limit and that steps could be taken to send him to prison like Sarath Fonseka.
Basil Rajapaksa has made this statement when Berty, who boycotted the swearing in ceremony of provincial councilors to the North Central Province, had said he was not too keen to take over the parliamentary seat offered to him.
He has added that Berty, who owned only a push bicycle in 1994, has earned millions in the past few years through fraud and corruption and that S.M. Ranjith had won the election because the people in the North Central province were aware of Berty’s corruption. Basil has said that he had all the files related to these transactions and that he would reveal the details if Berty tried to overstep his limits again.
However, Basil spent millions of public funds to help S.M. Ranjith win the North Central Provincial Council election. We published a special report in the website on how Minister Maithripala Sirisena has come to Berty’s aid. (http://lankanewsweb.com/sinhala/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2242:2012-09-13-17-09-27&catid=1:general&Itemid=53)
Berty’s son, Deputy Minister Duminda Dissanayake has said that many senior SLFP members and ministers have telephoned his father and expressed their support to him for standing by his principles.