Sept 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena said that his political policy has been and will be to abolish the Executive Presidency and it was not he, who delayed the process but the parliament. However, trying to abolish Executive Presidency at the moment an election has been announced, is ridiculous, the President added.
Addressing the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Matale district convention in Naula today, the President said the statement made by the Prime Minister that the emergency cabinet meeting for the abolition of the Executive Presidency on the 19th was called on the president's need was false and the cabinet meeting was held on the request of the Prime Minister.
Expressing his views on the controversial recording of the telephone conversation of Solicitor General Dilrukshi Dias Wickramasinghe, the President said Ms. Wickramasinghe left her former post as Director General of Bribery Commission due to a statement he made about taking the former commanders of tri forces to court without his knowledge or approval.
Recalling a request made by the Prime Minister recently to appoint Dilrukshi Dias, who fulfilled duties at the Bribery Commission until 4 pm and then worked at the Corruption and Fraud Secretariat of Temple Trees after 6pm, as a Supreme Court judge, the President said the Solicitor General should reveal to the country the names of the low ranking politicians who, as she says on the recoding, instructed her to prosecute wrongly.
Meanwhile, speaking of the false reports that his meeting with the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) inquiring the Easter Sunday attacks was not open to media as per his request, the President said although he had arrangements to disclose the meeting to media from the beginning to the end, the PSC had requested to close the session for the media.
The Parliamentary Select Committee had made a request to him to obtain his views and suggestions on the Easter Sunday events and although the Attorney General had informed him that he could act at his discretion, as a leader who respects democracy, he gave the PSC the opportunity to question him, the President said.
The President said he had nothing to hide and that he had told them the truth about the relevant incident.
Speaking further, the President said that the people should pay attention to the policies and programs of new political parties, no matter how many new parties are created. He said the SLFP is a strong political party and the quality of a political party is more important than the numbers. A president could be elected at the next election only through a SLFP force, he added.
The President emphasized that the SLFP is embarking on a national program that protects everyone and no one can suppress its strength. The SLFP, which has a history beyond the newly elected political parties, has no allegations of corruption, fraud, opportunism and family nepotism.
Senior SLFP members including senior vice president Nimal Siripala de Silva, general secretary Dayasiri Jayasekara, general secretary of the UPFA Mahinda Amaraweera, Lasantha Alagiyawanna, Thilanga Sumathipala, Shantha Bandara and Matale district organizer Lakshman Wasantha Perera and many others were present at the meeting.
Meanwhile, the next district convention of the SLFP will be held in Matara tomorrow under the patronage of the President.