Basil Rajapaksa Hints At Political Comeback Through New Movement

Former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa hinted at a return to politics, albeit at a low-key level, if a new political movement emerges.

Speaking to BBC, Rajapaksa said that a large number of people were disappointed with the government of Maithripala Sirisena, adding that there was a need for a new political movement, which could unite all those who are disillusioned.

However, he added that he was not willing to play a key role in the founding of such a movement. However, he expressed his willingness to support such a movement if it emerges.

When asked if the Rajapaksas could return to power, Basil Rajapaksa said that it was up to the people to decide. However, he argued that his brother, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, came to power through fighting for it, and not through plotting.

Therefore, only the people can remove the Rajapaksas from politics, the former minister insisted.

Meanwhile, he argued that an elaborate conspiracy involving Western powers toppled the Mahinda Rajapaksa government.

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