“The mobile application Viber was helpful to topple the Rajapakse government. Mahinda Rajapakse ran a police state. The country would have experienced massive killings if Rajapakse was returned to power.”- Kumaratunge.
By Siva Sivapragasam
In an interesting revelation to the Indian Media, onetime Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga said that the mobile application Viber helped topple Rajapaksa’s government since the intelligence services were unable to tap into it.
Former Sri Lankan president Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga visited India for her first visit since the surprise defeat of her successor Mahinda Rajapaksa, a man who was once a close associate and now a political enemy whose regime she was instrumental in overturning. She spoke for the first time to a group of Indian journalists about how the opposition and Rajapaksa’s own party members were united.
“Mahinda Rajapaksa during his tenure as the President of Sri Lanka ran a police state and if he was successful in returning to power as Prime Minister in recent parliamentary polls the country would have experienced massive killings of innocents”, said Chandrika Kumaratunga, former President of the island nation.
“His primary aim of returning to power was to ensure that corruption charges are not pressed against him,” noted the former President.
Kumaratunge also denied Rajapakse’s allegation that the Indian intelligence agency the RAW had anything to do with the ouster of Rajapakse from power. She admitted that throughout Rajapaksa’s regime the international community lamented his policies. ”He expected to win, but when he lost he was looking for scapegoats to put the blame for his defeat”, she added.
“When people started protesting against his regime, we had to look for someone who could win the election against him. Mr. Rajapaksa had forbidden every single person of our party the SLFP from talking to me. MPs used to run when they saw me. Otherwise they would get a call from the President. Amidst such circumstances, I identified Maithripala Sirisena. I had worked with Maithripala and I knew he fitted the bill,” Kumaratunge stated in the media interview.
Kumaratunge admitted that modern mobile application helped her. ”We were using Viber. And the government didn’t know how to tap Viber. Apparently it is difficult for any intelligence agency anywhere to tap into Viber, although some can identify out who is calling whom. But Sri Lanka didn’t have that technology, otherwise we would have all been dead”.
(Input from The Hindu. Picture Courtesy: The Hindu)