President Maithripala Sirisena was surrounded by advisers who would lead him to his own destruction but the UNP would never let those sinister forces to achieve their goal, UNP Assistant Leader MP Ravi Karunanayake said yesterday.
Addressing the media after declaring open a UNP office in Mattakkuliya, the former minister said that it was sad to observe that the President was being manipulated by some forces.
“We will not leave the President at this hour of need. We will protect him. It is the duty of the UNP to protect the President. There are forces dreaming of a break-up of the UNP-SLFP unity government. That will not happen as there is a clear understanding between our leader Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and President Sirisena.”
Asked by a journalist what action the government had taken against the wrongdoers of the previous government, Karunanayake said: “Look at the recent statement made by Western Province Chief Minister Isura Devapriya with regard to former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. It was people like Devapriya who ruin the name of President Sirisena. They were with President Rajapaksa when stones were hurled at Sirikotha and did everything possible to oust Sirisena from the SLFP. Now they have got close to the President with a view to ruining his future.
“The release of the bond commission report has been delayed at the behest of some presidential advisors. We demand that the report be given to Parliament or released to media so that the entire country will know what it contains.”