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Journalist challenges Gotabaya’s politics

[BBC, Wednesday, 5 October 2011 23:28 No Comment]

Defence Secretary requested people to support UPFA A journalist has complained to the Commissioner of Elections on campaigning activities of Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Ravaya journalist and activist Lasantha Ruhunage told BBC Sandeshaya that he informed the Election Commissioner against the Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa who visited Slave Island – Colombo to support United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) mayoral candidate Milinda Moragoda on 3rd October.

“Defence Secretary requested the people to assure the victory of Milinda Moragoda and later he addressed a campaign rally that supports UPFA candidates,” Ruhunage added.

Misuse of Government assets

Ruhunage who is the general secretary of the Sri Lanka working journalists association arguing that senior government officers do not have political rights claimed that Defence Secretary’s involvement in the municipal election campaign is a grave violation of the establishment code and a misuse of government assets.

Election Commissioner urged to investigate Defence Secretary's

The election meeting was reported by the local media including Sirasa TV.

According to Daily News report on the 4th October, Gotabaya Rajapaksa assured the local community that they will not be evicted and told “nobody will be chased away from Colombo and everybody will be provided with a house with modern facilities”.

Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa who is the younger brother of the president is considered as a powerful figure within the government.

“As a citizen I asked the Election Commissioner to investigate this matter and take necessary actions,” Ruhunage added.

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