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Sri Lanka PM slams media for backing Mahinda Rajapaksa

Ranil Wickremesinghe named the Daily Mirror and the Financial Times for allegedly favouring the former President

Press Trust of India  |  Colombo 

Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa
Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa

Prime Minister on Saturday accused the country's print media of backing the former President with a view to see him back in power.

Addressing his (UNP) members in the central district of Kandy, Wickremesinghe said he would name the media personnel who had benefited during the Rajapaksa presidency and who are now bidding for his return.

He named the Daily Mirror, the English daily, and Financial Times daily, for allegedly favouring Rajapaksa.

He said the Daily Mirror had called for the removal of Mangala Samaraweera, the foreign minister and the Financial Times was trying to undermine the government's economic management.

"I have no issues of media becoming critical of the government, do it as you please but do not try to call for the return of rogues," Wickremesinghe said.

"If they are trying to topple this government and bring him (Rajapaksas) back, we are ready for it," he said.

Referring to the Rajapaksa group's opposition protest march from starting next week, Wickremesinghe said, "Let them walk, we are ready, we too can bring people to the streets".

Rajapaksa ruled from 2005 to January 2015.

First Published: Sat, July 23 2016. 20:32 IST