Fonseka reiterates his allegation:
NFF Leader Wimal Weerawansa said Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe who has pledged to end nepotism of politicians is the first person who secured undue advantage by entering politics due to his close relationship with the then UNP Leader President JR Jayewardene.
He was speaking at an election rally at the Minuwangoda Urban Council ground yesterday.
He said Wickremesinghe as a political novice was appointed Deputy Foreign Minister by the then President Jayewardene, his uncle, while a number of senior UNPers were without portfolios.
Weerawansa said former President JR Jayewardene appointed his relatives to key positions of the Government. His brother H.W. Jayewardene was made a director while his son Ravi Jayewardene was appointed Head of his Security Division. The NFF Leader added that Jayewardene s relatives such as Nihal Weeratunga and Lt Gen Tissa Weeratunga also received top Government positions during the Jayewardene Government.
Weerawansa said the Opposition Leader was given a Cabinet portfolio in a few years after entering politics.
He said the relatives of President Jayewardene brought the country into destruction while President Rajapaksa s relatives like Gotabhaya Rajapaksa endeavoured to save the country from terrorism.
General Sarath Fonseka has repeated what he has told the Sunday Leader at an election rally in Ratnapura on December 17 though he said he was misquoted by the paper, said Wimal Weerawansa.
He said former Chief of Defence Staff in connivance with the Opposition has undertaken a contract against the Motherland.
He said the former CDS betrayed the Defence Secretary, Security Forces and the country at large at the beginning of his election campaign. He said General Fonseka has forgotten that Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe jointly with Parliamentarians Mano Ganeshan and Rauff Hakeem made a great effort to stop the humanitarian operation to free Tamils from clutches of terrorism.
He further said Mano Ganeshan were in connivance with the LTTE terrorists while Parliamentarian Rauff Hakeem betrayed the rights of the Muslims in the Eastern Province to achieve his narrow political objectives.
He added these elements together with the JVP attempted to overthrow the Government at the 2008 budget and the JVP launched various Trade Union actions and student protests with a hidden agenda when the troops were engaged in heavy fighting against the terrorists.