Former President Mahinda Rajapakse has stated that his defeat was the outcome of a conspiracy. He made this observation in a statement he issued for the Dematogada Rally. His statement was read out by former Ambassador Dr.Dayan Jayatileke. He said in his statement:
“I embrace the people who attend today’s rally. I am sure those who voted for me as well as many others have converged on Nugegoda today in support of our cause. I am used to defeat, abuse and even jail terms.
In 2005, I won the presidency with difficulty. I showed my gratitude to the people by defeating terrorism. The people expressed their gratitude by helping me win in 2010 with a huge majority of 1.8 million votes. Neither the SLFP nor the UPFA has really lost. They still have the majority in Parliament as anyone could see. I will never disregard people’s hopes and aspiration.”