Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says that he did summon the Attorney General and the heads of security forces to Temple Trees in the early hours of January 09.
Following President Maithripala Sirisena’s victory at the election on January 08, Ministers of the new government had levelled allegations against Rajapaksa that he attempted a coup to remain in office after it became clear that he had lost.
It was alleged that Rajapaksa tried to cling to power by persuading the island’s army and police chiefs to deploy the security forces.
Replying to a question in an interview on Derana 360° regarding accusations of such a conspiracy, Rajapaksa admitted that he did summon the Attorney General and the heads of security forces but denied the reason was for plotting a coup.
Rajapaksa stated that the discussion they held was pertaining to preventing any riots in the country during the transition period before the newly-elected President is sworn in, as it was still his responsibility.
He stated that the Attorney General’s presence is not necessary to plot a coup and that there is no such thing as a legal coup carried out on the advice of the AG.
The UPFA Kurunegala District candidate stated that he left Temple Trees on January 09 morning not wanting to return to politics again, but had to reverse his decision due to the demands of the people.
Rajapaksa stated that the decision to call for the presidential poll two years before the end of his term was not based on the instructions of astrologers but conceded that advice was sought from an astrologer regarding an auspicious day to hold the election.