President Sirisena reveals secrets behind January polls


President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday (6) revealed that he was alerted by his security not to attend the last election rally held in Maradana prior the presidential polls in January. 

The observation was made at the 69th anniversary of the United National Party (UNP) held at the UNP headquarters in Sirikotha. This was the first time in the history, that the leader of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) attended a UNP anniversary celebration.

“Owing to some security reasons, I was told not to attend the Maradana rally on January 5. Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe, who was at that time the Opposition Leader, called and asked me whether I was coming. When I apprised him of the situation, he himself had come to my house and brought me to the rally,” President Sirisena added.

He also went into say that after a parliament session before the last presidential election; he and several prominent politicians including Wickramasinghe had had a secret meeting at former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga’s house.

“A moment after we left the Parliament premises that day, a chopper had come. The person w

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