Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga said yesterday that she would support any Presidential candidate who was committed to the development of the country, without robbing all and sundry. She was speaking with her son Vimukthi by her side, after donating Rs.2 million to the Cancer Hospital Maharagama for the purchase of medicines.
“I do not wish to be climbing stages to make public speeches, but if the ideal candidate requests my support, it will be provided”, Kumaratunga said “I have the freedom to act the way I think is right, because the present SLFP leadership has kicked me out of the party.”
This donation, she said, was not made by robbing the people, but with her personal funds, realized by selling some land she owned. “I was moved by the plight of the patients, who were suffering without essential medicines.”
There was no use in making “donations with robbed money. Can you get real mental satisfaction by doling out stolen monies to one’s stooges, while the masses are undergoing untold misery, without the basics in life? she queried.