President Mahinda Rajapakse does not have a true mandate to rule the country but one obtained by a Gazette Notification published by the Commissioner of Elections, Dayananda Dissananyake, UNP and Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Sunday (9).
He was addressing a UNP convention in Kandy.
He said the Rajapaksa brothers reached an agreement with the LTTE during the last Presidential election to prevent 600,000 Tamil people from voting and it was due to that agreement that Mahinda Rajapaksa was holding the position of President.
The sovereignty of the people was under threat today as never before and the only way to stop it was by allowing the people to express their wish at an election.
He would unite all forces to protect the people`s sovereignty he said.
He said the Rajapakse brothers were controlling 75 percent of the government budget funds and all powerful ministries were under them.
Mahinda Rajapaksa had accused Wickremesinghe of trying to stop the government obtaining loans but he had not made such an attempt. He had only tried to stop the loan from Hong Kong and Shanghai which would have resulted in the slashing of subsidies and poverty alleviation programmes, he said.
The loan of Rs. 560 million was being negotiated while the country had billions of rupees accrued as outstanding loans and the Rajapaksa brothers were trying to put the people from the frying pan to the fire while enriching themselves, he said.