The Oppositions Common Presidential candidate General (Retd) Sarath Fonseka predicted yesterday that many prominent government parliamentarians, including ministers, will join him in the near future.
Addressing a news conference in Colombo, flanked by government MP Arjuna Ranatunga, he said that it was a matter of time, before many more UPFA parliamentarians deserted President Mahinda Rajapaksa and supported him.
Fonseka said that his campaign was gathering steam and many in the government had told him that they were disgusted with the style of governance and manner in which seniors were being sidelined. `They are waiting to free themselves from a one family dictatorship.`
All Sri Lankans, including the Security forces and Police, he said can take credit for the war victory, but it was the successful ground battle that the army fought, which decided the fate of the LTTE.
Fonseka said that the army handed over 120 kilograms of gold it captured from the LTTE to the Treasury and obtained a receipt for it. `Allegations that the gold was no longer in the custody of the Treasury, have to be cleared by the Rajapaksa administration.`