“Sajith, wife both telephoned Gotabaya asking for PM post”
State Minister of Tourism Diana Gamage yesterday alleged in Parliament that Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa’s wife had telephoned former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa asking for the premiership for her husband when the then PM resigned due to public pressure.
“Not only the Opposition Leader, but his wife too had called Gotabaya Rajapaksa asking him for the opportunity to allow Sajith to become the Prime Minister. Gotabaya Rajapaksa had shared this information with us,” Gamage said.
Gamage also requested Premadasa not to organise demonstrations from Kandy to Colombo, which would disturb the tourism industry that is regaining its ground in the midst of the economic country. “The Opposition Leader would have to take the responsibility if he is to organise protests and disturb the country that is regaining its ground. Don’t organise these rallies. It only shows your incompetence. If you were competent, you could have accepted the post of Prime Minister when then President Gotabaya Rajapaksa offered it to you. Now we are receiving more tourists. So please don’t hold these protests. You should stop this drama,” Gamage said. MP Gamage also said that the public transportation service should be upgraded to cater to the tourists who show special interest in using it as an experience.
“The tourists like to use trains instead of taxis. So it is an area we need to pay special attention to. Since today we debate on the Media Ministry expenditure head, I would like to speak a few words on it as well. The media needs to practise ethics, especially the social media. We need to bring in laws for this. The way the media acts is unacceptable,” Gamage said.