JVP alleges Government tarnishing party leadership
- Lodges CID complaint against viral rumour
- Denies paying Rs. 50 m for ad agency to boost AKD’s image
BY Pamodi Waravita
The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) filed a complaint at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) on 19 October, alleging that there are deliberate attempts by pro-Government entities to spread fake news about its leadership.
“We filed a complaint at the CID, as there are claims that we have spent millions of rupees to promote our leadership through a marketing agency on social media and on YouTube. This fake news is spread by pro-Government parties and individuals, including even Sri Lanka Press Council Chairman Mahinda Pathirana, who had made a post claiming the same via Facebook. Thus, it is clear that these are the actions of a bankrupt Government,” JVP Politburo Member Sunil Handunnetti told the media near the CID on 19 October.
Handunetti further said that the fall of many sectors, including the education and agriculture sectors, has led people to “realise the truth about the Government” and has thus created a movement around the JVP, which the Government is now attempting to paint as a movement that was paid for by the JVP.
In a copy of the complaint given to the CID, which was published on JVP Leader and National People’s Power Parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake’s Facebook page, Handunnetti noted that the fake news claimed that the JVP had paid approximately Rs. 50 million to a well-known advertising agency in the country to promote Dissanayake’s image. A letter that claims proof of this transaction has also been published, as noted in the complaint.