Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - FRONT PAGE - BY KELUM BAN­DARA

In re­sponse to re­marks made by the SLFP that it would con­test the elec­tion with the Joint Op­po­si­tion next time, for­mer Min­is­ter G.L. Peiris said his side was not ready to be tricked for the sec­ond time.

Talk­ing on be­half of the Joint op­po­si­tion, he said his side had re­peat­edly said this. “We are not will­ing to be tricked for the sec­ond time. At the par­lia­men­tary elec­tion in 2015, for­mer Pres­i­dent Mahinda Ra­japaksa of the Joint Op­po­si­tion con­ducted the whole cam­paign. If not for Pres­i­dent Maithri­pala Sirisena’s in­ter­ven­tion at the last minute say­ing that Mr. Ra­japaksa would not be ap­pointed as the Prime Min­is­ter and sack­ing the two sec­re­taries, we would have def­i­nitely se­cured 113 seats,” Prof. Peiris said.

He said, “With the bit­ter ex­pe­ri­ence of the re­cent past star­ing us in the face, we are cer­tainly not pre­pared to run the race.”

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