Minister Anura Bandaranaike yesterday charged that those yes-men during his sister`s regime were now even reluctant to answer a telephone call from her, having forgotten that if not for her leadership there would not have been a UPFA President or a Cabinet.
Choked with emotion Mr. Bandaranaike who addressed the newly-elected Attanagala Pradeshiya Sabha members at his official residence Visumpaya said the state media had launched a mud-slinging campaign against the former President and strangely those who were close to her were involved.
He was strongly opposed to this and said the same fate could befall the present President.
Though he did not agree with some of Ms. Bandaranaike`s political activities he respected her dedication to the party, he said.
?At a time when Sirimavo Bandaranaike or Anura Bandaranaike could not come to power it was Chandrika who provided leadership to the party to come into power after remaining in the opposition for 17 years,? he said.
On the appointments of Mayors and Chairmen of Municipal Councils, Urban Councils and Pradeshiya Sabhas, he warned that those elected with the highest number of preferential votes should be appointed without giving in to certain persons to appoint people of their choice.
Though certain parties are trying to deprive the Bandaranaikes of their power, the bond between the people of Attanagalla and them can never be broken, Mr. Bandaranaike said.