Fresh moves by CBK

2014-11-07 00:48:52

Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, who recently returned to the country from an overseas stay, is playing a ‘pivotal role’ in working out a common agenda to bring forward a candidate acceptable to all the parties in the opposition, Daily Mirror.


However, it was not clear whether she would contest proposed snap presidential election as the common candidate or not. The parties in the opposition are busy with preparations for working out a common agenda for the election. It is learnt that the idea for a common candidate is gaining ground at the moment despite differences within some of the parties.


Meanwhile, as part of this exercise to bring about common understating in the opposition, Ven. Maduluwave Sobhitha Thera who spearheads the National Movement for Social Justice will have separate meetings with the representatives of the opposition parties today, including those from the United National Party (UNP).


These meetings will take place throughout the day today at his Temple in Kotte.


It is learnt that some members of Sri Lanka Freedom Party, distraught with the government, are planning to join hands with the opposition if an acceptable candidate is fielded for this election to oppose President Mahinda Rajapaksa. (Kelum Bandara)

  Comments - 79

  • dcn Friday, 7 November 2014 06:36

    The common candidate should be from the largest party acceptable to all opposition,, races, and religious groups and that could only be Karu.

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    Simple Simon Friday, 7 November 2014 07:05

    She created sufficient chaos and should mind her own business. Bread @ Rs. 3.50. See the position today. Bread @ Rs. 60 - 70 per loaf and not even 425 gms !!!

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    Lihana Arachchi Friday, 7 November 2014 13:09

    Simply irrelevant !

    Reply : 17       28

    Simple Simon Saturday, 8 November 2014 05:43

    You must be eating only CAKE !!

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    C.K.Lankaputhra Friday, 7 November 2014 08:09

    Good luck and good cheers.Go ahead.

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    Hantley Babapulle Friday, 7 November 2014 08:10

    Whatever it is the UNP should run by itself. The common candidate should be from the UNP RANIL or KARU and no one else.

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    Calistus Friday, 7 November 2014 12:45

    KARU is not UNP. PABA better than KARU.

    Reply : 12       18

    Anupama Friday, 7 November 2014 18:39

    How one is going to expect a UNPer voting for a Bandaranayake

    Reply : 1       2

    ravu Friday, 7 November 2014 08:44

    There is nothing called absolute power. via DM Android App

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    Manuelpillai Friday, 7 November 2014 10:06

    Welcone news.

    Reply : 4       16

    Manuelpillai Friday, 7 November 2014 10:09

    This is a good news.

    Reply : 5       22

    ANTON Friday, 7 November 2014 10:09


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    Banda Friday, 7 November 2014 12:05

    So we will call her Wariapola Chandrika. Suits her. You are great!

    Reply : 10       18

    Arbab Friday, 7 November 2014 10:28

    This is not you or me, UNP or SLFP; goal is to get rid of the executive presidency, so all the party must unite under one umbrella, stop corruption. Bring back the parliamentary system, develop the country.

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    Mason Friday, 7 November 2014 10:46

    Madam, your intervention now will only upset the apple cart and pave way for a sure UPFA win, as the main opposition party, the UNP has already decided on their candidate. Please keep away.

    Reply : 9       21

    kj Friday, 7 November 2014 11:35

    Sri Lanka.. Sri Lanka... let us united to sustain..!!

    Reply : 0       10

    Mohamed Friday, 7 November 2014 11:37

    Madam, If you contest you will get more preferential votes from all communities, specially from Muslim. Please go ahead !

    Reply : 9       9

    nishardcool Friday, 7 November 2014 11:40

    she is tsunami she can do anything lolz

    Reply : 1       5

    Crazy Coot Saturday, 8 November 2014 05:47

    After the tsunami in 2004, she took many days to come back to SL making it possible for others to pocket the aid funds !!

    Reply : 0       2

    chamila Friday, 7 November 2014 11:40

    She is a defeated woman in Srii lanka......

    Reply : 9       6

    TONY Saturday, 8 November 2014 10:52


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    ANTON Friday, 7 November 2014 11:42


    Reply : 0       7

    rashan Friday, 7 November 2014 12:13

    keep it up

    Reply : 2       5

    Asoka Liyanage Friday, 7 November 2014 12:16

    Again Do you want to ruin the country.? Please go back to the place where you came from.

    Reply : 2       21

    dcn Friday, 7 November 2014 12:22

    She would not be acceptable to the majority of masses as she never kept her promise of doing away with the presidential system within 6 months of her election in 1994 The common candidate has to be from the UNP and acceptable to all opposition groups and the natural choice would be Karu J.

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    Hareesz Friday, 7 November 2014 12:34

    Not again, had enough of you

    Reply : 0       16

    Dham Friday, 7 November 2014 12:42

    Under her ruling introduced mega cabinet 1st time recorded negative growth never on time please this land not for you again. via DM Android App

    Reply : 0       15

    Dad and Daughter Friday, 7 November 2014 12:46

    The Lady who messed up like father.

    Reply : 1       18

    maruwa Friday, 7 November 2014 12:48


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    Nawaz Dawood Thursday, 13 November 2014 23:40

    For sure cut Presidents Powers and give to the parliament, and make Wickramasinghe the Prime Minister. You must be nuts even envisage such a scenario. The very constitution was framed and established by the same guys who says it should be abolished. When they introduced the constitution they never had a referendum. Then they unlawfully carried the majority they obtain from a different parliamentary system to the new constitution. Then they had undated letters of resignation from MPs. Then they extended the term of their office without a referendum.

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    MENDIS SPECIAL Friday, 7 November 2014 12:57

    The winning strategy is to run Sunethra as the candidate. Chandrika to be her chief organizer/canvasser and shadow foreign minister. Ranil shadow Finance Minister and Prime Minister and Sajith shadow Minister of Defence and Urban Development.

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    SM Friday, 7 November 2014 13:17

    who is her. She does not even to respect to others time when she was president. How can she elect for another term. it is shame

    Reply : 0       13

    Mohamed Friday, 7 November 2014 13:45

    Use your brain Gyz - Sajith only can defeat MR...

    Reply : 7       5

    Duminda Friday, 7 November 2014 16:56

    Fully agreed with you Mohamed! Then we all wait until year 2020 election.

    Reply : 0       1

    Ashantha Friday, 7 November 2014 21:29

    you are an Idiot. Sajith has no popularity in Sri Lanka. His father was the person gave 5000 arms to LTTE. do not forget that.Thank you.

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    Batti Friday, 7 November 2014 14:04

    Aiyo Sirisena!

    Reply : 0       2

    narada Friday, 7 November 2014 14:22

    common leader should be qualified to cheat people more than incumbent president.

    Reply : 0       7

    mervin de silva Friday, 7 November 2014 15:21

    may be she is not the leader we need, but she is certainly an astute politician and certainly an educated one for that matter. During these chaotic times she can contribute to reverse the trend of socio-cultural deterioration, at least to compensate for her own wrong decisions in the past.

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    Ranjan Rodrigo Friday, 7 November 2014 15:23

    Chandrika was a square peg in a round hole. Not her again please. Not even Ranil.

    Reply : 1       10

    kithudugama Friday, 7 November 2014 15:44

    You, your mother,and your father ruined our country .. Go to hell you twit

    Reply : 3       12

    kithudugama Friday, 7 November 2014 16:03

    She is no mother Theresa !!! Always late,with below average intelligence.

    Reply : 0       15

    savithri Friday, 7 November 2014 16:05

    She collected enough for herself after the tsunami. why does she want to buy another house in UK??

    Reply : 3       9

    Sriyan Hangama Friday, 7 November 2014 16:24

    Hairstyle is ok, but head is the problem !

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    ismathhussain Friday, 7 November 2014 17:55


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    Bokku kata Monday, 10 November 2014 08:58

    Right on the spot baby.

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    leslyjayawardana Friday, 7 November 2014 16:48

    this is not a joke..still bandaranayaka family is a "VOTE MACHINE:"

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    vajira Friday, 7 November 2014 16:51

    Form a National Government and go ahead.

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    joe Friday, 7 November 2014 16:53

    Ranil under UNP as every in the country knows him. New face not a good idea.Chandrika also should contest seperatelySF support Ranil.Break the votes of SLFP

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    chamal Friday, 7 November 2014 17:39

    it Will not happened only ranil via DM Android App

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    ismathhussain Friday, 7 November 2014 17:52

    no one cant put a common candidate onlu unp the candidate should be ranil or sajith.chandrika and jvp ruin the country and unp.

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    Nalini Friday, 7 November 2014 17:53

    "Fresh moves by CBK " or is it "Fresh moves by the Indian Union and Indians in the island nation.

    Reply : 0       7

    chimpa Friday, 7 November 2014 17:57

    If fielding a common candidate should be a prominent figure acceptable toto all.

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    G Nimalan Friday, 7 November 2014 18:31

    President MR is the right Candidate to be the Next President, The Rest will ruin the country wait and see.............Trust me he is the only one who can control we kind of people, I agree there might be issues we can solve by peaceful Protests.

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    patriot Friday, 7 November 2014 18:42

    please do not allow this woman to creep in to politics in our country .she is a puppet of the western world

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    Premalal Friday, 7 November 2014 20:04

    The common candidate has to be a person acceptable to all the parties and all the minorities. If Chandrika becomes the common candidate with the support of the UNP she can gain 20% of SLFP votes and she will win the election. But she must leave the job after abolishing the executive presidency within a very brief period.

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    Sarath Canada Friday, 7 November 2014 20:24

    Only the suitable common candidate is Mr. Mahinda.Rajapakse. He will be the next President. just wait and see.

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    S.P.Iyer Friday, 7 November 2014 21:10

    It is a good idea given the circumstances that UNP always has a traditional voters base of 40% and to increase it to at least 51% they require the support of the people supporting the other parties. It would be possible by fielding a candidate supported by all opposition parties.Especially the support of MS Kumaratunga will bring in most of the SLFP supporters of aged population.

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    patriot Friday, 7 November 2014 21:11

    An excellent candidate. A sure win against Mahinda. via DM Android App

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    Lanka Watch Friday, 7 November 2014 22:24

    Too many cooks spoil the soup, they say, so let Karu contest as thecommon opposition candidate. He is well suited for the job of he has the experience to run a country.

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    jeewan Friday, 7 November 2014 22:49

    Common candidate of the Elite

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    Liswom Friday, 7 November 2014 23:52

    Ranil is promoted by Sajith as he is cock sire that he would lose and he can claim for UNP leadership. Karu is a spineless politician; as someone commented PABA is better when choosing between these two Chandrika is a disaster. She spits patta pal boru. I suggest former CJ Shirano Bandaranayake. She will be acceptable to evenJVP and I am pretty confident she can dethrone Mahinda.

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    Don Saturday, 8 November 2014 02:46

    Not any more. We had enough during her two terms. She ruined the country. More than anything else her motive is taking revenges. Not to abolish the E/P or develop the country.

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    Lkcricket Saturday, 8 November 2014 03:32

    If she contesting as the common candidate, I am sure that will assure the victory of Mahinda as UNP and even open minded people will never wanted a person who ruined our country.

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    Waco Saturday, 8 November 2014 04:40

    Who is responsible for the following.1) Nationalisation of Bus companies?2) Introduction of Letter "Sri" to vehicle number plates and creating communal tension in the country?3) Doing away with English Education and Sinhala only?4) Nationalisation of Plantations and ruining the economy of the country?These are few of the major ruinations done to this country.

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    Senaratne Tuesday, 11 November 2014 04:50

    What the hell is wrong about adding the letter SRI ? We are all sri lankans living in sri lanka!

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    Waco Saturday, 8 November 2014 07:22

    In the past parlimentry system failed , although there were educated people in the Parliment. Because they were power hungry. Used to cross the floor every other day.Therefore Executive Presidency must remain for ever. But the President with executive powers, must not mis-use his powers. It is upto the Sri Lankans to elect an educated perspn with the right blend.

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    gayan Saturday, 8 November 2014 08:14

    To simple simon simons are only interested in eatables only., more than increazsing the price of bread she did lot of blunders which might has realized only now. but according to present day status its negligible. what we need now is democracy and good governance with law and order and curruption free government. not the price of bread as stated by simple simon the greedy fellow, shamen on you simon.

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    Thilaka Saturday, 8 November 2014 09:40

    Common candidate should clearly inform to the public that after the election within 6 months time he will abolish the presidency. This slogan only can defeat MR. Because this is the main required change today.Then after that through a general election people can elect their representatives for the assembly.

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    nimwet Saturday, 8 November 2014 09:55

    You rob the country and coming back again.please stay away. you do not have brain either.-

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    nizamhmm Saturday, 8 November 2014 10:32

    What ever said and there should be change in the present system and rulers.Its time to unite forgetting differences to save this country from destruction.

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    Madlin Saturday, 8 November 2014 10:38

    She is the only leader in this countrys history who gave away Executive Powers like the Elections Commission Independent Police Commission Bribery Commission etc. We need to appreciate these as well rather than only talking of her negative things. Her family didnt make money by engaging in politics. Shes a better leader than many think. via DM Android App

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    keerthi Saturday, 8 November 2014 10:42

    oh no..not again.. we had enough with you madam!!!!

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    PJ Roy Saturday, 8 November 2014 11:19

    People! Be acutely aware of what you wish for!!!! How we all forget and soooo soon. If she is all we have as an option ...... we must be real low on stock. Not only GOD SAVE SL, anyone out there.... PLEASE SAVE SRI LANKA!

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    Waco Saturday, 8 November 2014 14:44

    General is the only person who can stear this country and bring back or re-introduce DIscepline to Sti Lanka.Giving powers back to the parlment will be a disaster.

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    M.O.A.Careem Saturday, 8 November 2014 15:05

    KP in whose custody ?- Gold in North after war? kept quiet L.T.T.E. case heard in O/seas - where were our our ambassador - all eye wash. 1995 to 2005 Just bluffed?2005 to 2014 budget after budget - show the development sign? now m/bike - G/Servants traveling allowance is absorbed? and the budget is bridged - country is developed within 24 hrs - like found in sri Lanka oil one day before an P /C election...cheat cheat keep on cheating....

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    Muller Saturday, 8 November 2014 18:36

    I will always support a candidate that will remove the Executive Presidency and one that will enable Law and Order in the country.With Executive Power the entire Political system has become a den of corruption with thuggery, and me ham created by politicians that lean on the executive to protect them.

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    Rushdi al Ayad Monday, 10 November 2014 18:22

    i would like to know whats wrong with EP

    Reply : 0       0

    sunilgamage Monday, 10 November 2014 18:38

    Sri Lanka Be part of India as one of its states. This should have been done in 1948. I welcome Mr Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister. This is the best solution today. Sri Lankan Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim are too divided to bring any form of economic development to this country. Corruption is there all over but India could deal better than other countries. We should get rid of Mahindas, Ranils, Chandrikas. Maduluwes. Anura kumaras and Fonseka. We should start a movement to Unite with India

    Reply : 0       0

    sunilps Wednesday, 12 November 2014 19:21

    Time to read BANAPOTHAK !! no more politics please.

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