`Before President Chandrika Kumaratunga appointed Mahinda Rajapakse as the Prime Minister she consulted me and asked whether I want to be the Premier of this country. Since I rejected that proposal, Mahinda was able to become Prime Minister,` Tourism Minister and Senior Vice President of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party Anura Bandaranaike said.
`President told the party?s Central Committee meeting that Anura is the person who deserves Premiership,` Minister Bandaranaike said addressing a meeting of SLFP provincial council and pradeshiya sabha members in Gamapha District at Attanagalla on Sunday (27).
`The UNP needs to remove President Kumaratunga from her post. The UNP wants to remove the Banadaranaikes from the political stage. This is clearly evident in the news telecast by TNL TV channel owned by the brother of Ranil Wickremesinghe, in print media - Lankadeepa newspapers owned by Ranil?s uncle and Divaina newspaper owned by Nimal Welgama who is Ranil?s uncle?s best friend, MTV, Sirasa of Maharaja and Swarnavahini TV channels. There is no surprise that those who do not know the ABC of politics being trapped to those lies. Surprise is that those who had been in politics for decades fall in for the UNP propaganda of these institutions,` the Minister said.
He said that the media cannot select leaders for the masses. `We understand that the private media has a big want to select our party?s leader. But the Government media never tried to select leaders for the UNP,` he said.
Minister further said that masses of the country had given a mandate to the Alliance government since they believe in the UPFA?s pledges. He said that the UNF government collapsed since they failed their duties towards the masses of the country and could not implement anything they promised.