“It was a slip of the tongue”

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sp3 - CopyBy Ajith Siriwardana  
Joint opposition MP Geetha Kumarasinghe said yesterday her saying at Thursday’s news conference that 20 million people had participated in the ‘paada yathra’ was a slip of the tongue.

She said she meant to say two million people but that she did not regret saying 20 million because the crowd seemed as much as 20 million participating in the march.  “Two million people participated in the protest march from Kandy to Colombo even though all of them did not come down to Colombo. I do not regret having said 20 million people because the crowd seemed to be as much as 20 million,” Ms. Kumarasinghe said.  

She said she would have not made that mistake if she had said it in English and added that Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake vowed to shoot himself, if more than 10,000 people participated in the march and asked whether he had done so.   Ms. Kumarasinghe said the ‘paada yathra’ was a success and those unable to come to terms with it were slinging mud at them.