National Freedom Front (NFF) Chairman Wimal Weerawansa yesterday challenged Sarath Fonseka to a live debate on arms dealings by Fonseka’s son-in-law. Addressing the media, Weerawansa claimed that although Fonseka played down arms dealings by a company owned by his son-in-law as of little importance, it was not so.
The NFF leader claimed that he has evidence that the company had major involvement in arms dealings and invited Fonseka to name two representatives to a live debate on the issue. “I know he is busy with his campaigns, that is why I am asking him to name two representatives for the debate,” he clarified.
By Responding to the challenge made by Wimal Weerawansa, Anura Dissanayake (co-spokesman of Gen. Fonseka) said General Sarath Fonseka is ready for the debate relevant to presidential election but would not be prepared to have anything to do with a swine smeared with feces.
Speaking at a press conference at the media unit of the Common Candidate Mr. Dissanayake said, “At the first press conference of Gen. Fonseka the Leader of the JVP Comrade Somawansa Amarasinghe threw a challenge at President Mahinda Rajapakse to come for a public TV debate with Gen. Fonseka. This is not a new concept; it exists in many countries of the world
We say that we are prepared to accept his challenge; however, on several conditions. Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse avoided the challenge we threw at him. Now they themselves have opened the doors for the challenge. We are ready to hold the debate and Gen. Fonseka will participate representing our side. Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse should participate representing the other party. Then the challenge we made too would be accepted. However, we would like to tell these swines who challenge lions not to do so if they are not prepared to accept this condition.
This is the first part of the challenge. The second part is that they should be prepared to debate on Mihin Lanka deal, handing over of Telecom to Maxies, buying Mig attack jets, the palaces at Deniyaya and Kaduwela, the identity card tender and the driving license tender. We would like you to name any four of these matters to debate as we are prepared to apprise the masses widely regarding these large scale frauds and corruption.
Gen. Sarath Fonseka would participate from our side and Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse should participate from their party and we are prepared to have the debate in any channel they name,” added Mr. Dissanayake.