Pres­i­den­tial Polls 2020


The front liner of the SLFP rebel group of 16 Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans, Dilan Per­era said that who­ever con­tests from the anti-unp camp at the late 2019 Pres­i­den­tial poll, he/she should have the bless­ings of for­mer Pres­i­dent Mahinda Ra­japaksa to win the elec­tion.

Whether the op­po­si­tion can­di­date is a mem­ber of the Ra­japaksa fam­ily, Joint Op­po­si­tion par­lia­men­tary leader Di­nesh Gu­nawar­dana or any other, he/ she must be nom­i­nated by Mahinda Ra­japaksa to get the full sup­port of the com­bined op­po­si­tion, he added.

Re­spond­ing to the Daily Mir­ror at yes­ter­day’s news brief­ing held at the ‘Me­dia Cen­tre for Free­dom’ in Colombo on the is­sue of the al­leged US gov­ern­ment’s dis­ap­proval of Gotab­haya Ra­japaksa be­com­ing Pres­i­dent, Mr. Per­era said what is im­por­tant was not the in­di­vid­ual politi­cian who con­tests the Pres­i­den­tial poll, but who gets the con­sent and bless­ings from Mahinda Ra­japaksa to win the Pres­i­den­tial poll.

“To do that, Pres­i­dent Sirisena and Mahinda must come to an un­der­stand­ing and unite against the UNP. That is our task. Be­fore that MR must be ap­pointed as Prime Min­is­ter af­ter win­ning the Par­lia­men­tary polls” he stressed.

He added one can­di­date at the last Pradeshiya Sabha elec­tion got the back­ing of MR and won a ward in the Ella Pradeshiya Sabha even af­ter his death.

“That is the pop­u­lar­ity of MR. I don’t know whether the me­dia re­ports on the US protest to Gota are cor­rect or not. But the de­cid­ing fac­tor in the pres­i­den­tial polls is who would get the sup­port of MR and who­ever gets his bless­ings would be the ul­ti­mate vic­tor. We try our best to bring to­gether all pro­gres­sive fac­tions and po­lit­i­cal par­ties against the UNP and Ranil Wick­remesinghe un­der one roof and con­test and win all PCS, Par­lia­men­tary and Pres­i­den­tial polls in this year and next year,” Mr. Per­era stressed.

Re­ply­ing to an­other ques­tion, Mr. Per­era said the state me­dia was in a covert op­er­a­tion to make peo­ple for­get the big­gest ever fraud in his­tory - the Cen­tral Bank bond scam is­sue - bring­ing to the fore the fi­nan­cial gra­tu­ities given by Ar­juna Aloy­sius and the Pres­i­den­tial can­di­date of the JO. Even the me­dia does not talk about the bil­lions of ru­pees which the coun­try had lost through the bond scan­dal but only on who gets money from Ar­jun Aloy­sius.

“No one talks about the main sus­pect of the bond scam case, Ar­juna Ma­hen­dran or how he could be brought back to Sri Lanka. The cab­i­net spokesman, Health Min­is­ter Dr. Rjitha Se­naratne talks on all sub­jects ex­cept health. If the Law and Or­der Min­is­ter can’t pre­vent crimes in his own dis­trict (The at­tempted as­sas­si­na­tion of chief in­cum­bent monk of Kiri­we­hera) how could he look af­ter the safety of the peo­ple in the coun­try?” he asked.

Asked about their failed at­tempt to pull out the re­main­ing 23 SLFPERS from the ‘Ya­ha­palana Gov­ern­ment’, Mr. Per­erea said a res­o­lu­tion was brought to the SLFP re­quest­ing Pres­i­dent Sirisena to quit the gov­ern­ment, but it was thwarted by for­mer SLFP Gen­eral Sec­re­tary, Min­is­ter Du­minda Dis­sanayaka.


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