Former Minister Mangala Samaraweera yesterday called on all democratic forces to come together to work against what he termed as `the emerging tyranny` in the country.
Mr. Samaraweera told the Daily Mirror yesterday that even the UNP and the SLFP as democratic political parties could be a part of that exercise.
Asked whether former President Chandrika Kumaratunga had a role to play in it, he said she had made clear she was no longer interested in politics.
However, Mr. Samaraweera said there would be room for even Mrs. Kumaratunga to join such a grand alliance.
`Not only political parties but also civil society organizations and other individuals can come forward against this dictatorship,` he said.
The former Minister said, `a small clique of persons cannot be allowed to destroy democracy.`
Referring to the arrest of his colleague Sripathy Sooriyarachchi, he said such acts would only strengthen their forward march.
Meanwhile, Mr. Samaraweea said at a public rally in Matara on Saturday that he was able to do a great deal of work for the people in the area during the time of President Kumaratunga.
Lashing out at Minister Dallas Alhaperuma who was abroad during the last few years until the 2005 Presidential election he said, `It was us who played a great role in protecting the PA government when people like Dallas were abroad.`
Mr. Samaraweera said those Ministers who criticize him over state TV channels would not have been able to enjoy the posts they were holding today if the UPFA was not able to form a government in April 2004. `This government is in office today because of the decision taken by Mrs. Kumaratunga to dissolve Parliament and call for an election. Otherwise, there would have been a UNP President today,` he said.
Mr. Samaraweera hitting out at the SLFP leadership said, `President was able to make it because of us in Matara, but today I have been removed from the organizer`s post.`
While stating that he had worked tirelessly to make others kings of this nation Mr. Samaraweera said he would not do the same any longer but would work closely with the people.
`We have not done anything wrong to President Rajapaksa. It is he who cannot bear criticism,` Mr. Samaraweera said.