Former Minister and Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka said today he would not allow Deputy Minister Palitha Thewarapperuma to come to parliament, alleging that he was engaged in corrupt activities such as sand mining.
Mr. Fonseka told a news conference that he received fewer votes at the 2015 general election than Thewarapperuma as he did not want to enter parliament, but to act as an anti-Rajapaksa force.
He added that if Thewarapperuma contested under a minority party, he would not receive votes of even his family members. Responding to the allegation that Mr. Fonseka was keeping kith and kin as his personnel staff, he said Mr. Thevarapperuma had no moral right to talk about it and added that he had a right to keep anyone in his personnel staff. He alleged that Mr. Thewarapperuma had begun politics as a “Kasippu” smuggler and said he was known as “Naiwadiye Palitha”.
“He was now engaged in sand smuggling. I will take action against this person. I will teach him a good lesson. I will teach him what political decency is,” he said. Mr. Fonseka said Mr. Thewarrapperuma was a navy deserter and he began politics as the driver of Anil Munasinghe and then joined Kumara Welgama, who kicked him out. (Ajith Siriwardane)