The retired president Kurunegala District Parliamentarian Mahinda Rajapaksa speaking at Minuwangoda yesterday (11th) has said he and his group would protect the Minister of Justice and Buddha Sasana Wijedasa Rajapaksha if the Yahapalana government attempted to remove him from the government.
The government members have charged that Mr Wijedasa Rajapaksha has closely associated those who were involved in large scale frauds and corruption during Mahinda Rajapaksa administration and has interfered to delay legal action being taken against them.
Also, it was seen in Parliament that members of the Mahinda faction such as Wimal Weerawansa, Udaya Gammanpila, Prasanna Ranatunga, Dinesh Gunawardene speaking in favour of Minister Wijedasa Rajapaksha.
Minister Rajapaksha was accused of directly getting involved in releasing the passport of Nissanka Senathipathy of Avant Garde that was involved in illegal weapons racket.
Meanwhile, Mahinda faction has said they would support Mr Wijedasa Rajapaksha to get the Hambanthota Harbour agreement cancelled.