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MR’s nomination has benefited the UNP: Minister

12 July 2015 10:56 am - 17     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s nomination to contest the general election benefited the United National Party (UNP), Minister John Amaratunga said today.

He said many SLFP front-liner including ministers had decided to join the UNP but had missed out on the nominations because by that time the list of candidates had been finalised.

The minister told a media briefing at the UNP headquarters, Sirikotha that President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to satisfy the SLFP by giving nomination to the former president has directly and indirectly benefited the UNP.

“Some say the President thought it better for the SLFP if Mr. Rajapaksa was allowed to contest the election while some say he will not be allowed to contest elections though given nominations. We don’t care whether Mr. Rajapaksa contests or does not contest because either way the UNP will be benefitted,” he said. (Piyumi Fonseka)

  Comments - 17

  • Mick Sunday, 12 July 2015 07:17 PM

    Jagath I fully endorse your comment, day dreamers of Colombo will wake up on the 18th morning with horrific nightmare

    Gota Monday, 13 July 2015 12:56 PM

    Mahinda - Duminda combination would have been the best to ensure 2/3rd majority for the UNF group. We look forward to better times under UNP with checks and balances by Maithree, Champika and co - Good combination for the nation.

    Manel Sunday, 12 July 2015 08:47 PM

    For your info Mawella UNP is already started doing what you have mentioned.

    upali Monday, 13 July 2015 01:42 PM

    Mahinda cannot win as Prabakaran is not there any more to support him as was done in earlier elections. 2014 election proved this.

    Siva Sunday, 12 July 2015 04:30 PM

    Very True !

    Nihal Amarasekera Monday, 13 July 2015 02:39 PM

    Definitely so, I who has never ever voted for UNP is compelled to put the cross against the elephant.

    Sikuru Sunday, 12 July 2015 04:46 PM

    True, by giving nominations for MR the UPFA has committed suicide, the UNP is now several times stronger

    Sikuru Sunday, 12 July 2015 05:05 PM

    After Aug17 UNP will be the most powerful and the JVP will come second and the SLFP will be almost a minor party

    Asfar Monday, 13 July 2015 04:50 AM

    Over confident unp.

    podi seeya Sunday, 12 July 2015 05:15 PM

    You are telling me John. MR and his goons are already deleted out of the system

    ANTON Sunday, 12 July 2015 05:25 PM

    Last elections it was Sumanadasa the fortune teller who paved the way for the UNP to win and this time the former President himself is paving the way. If Mahinda is not contesting, then 58 (25% of 62) = 73.5 lakhs for the UPFA and about 75% of 62 which is 46.5 lakhs for UNP

    mawella Sunday, 12 July 2015 05:31 PM

    Many UNP candidates over estimate thinking defeating UPFA is a cake walk. Yes if UNP penetrated to rural vote base. Jonny knows, that What would be the fate

    Mick Sunday, 12 July 2015 05:42 PM

    Very true wait for the outcome. Soda bottle revolution which never took off. It fizzled out in the bottle itself within the 100 day tele-drama

    Jagath Sunday, 12 July 2015 06:28 PM

    So many day dreamers in colombo having their views above.you will see what the rest of the country thinks by mid august.WAIT..

    Sikuru Sunday, 12 July 2015 06:46 PM

    MS had the chance to be the hero who removed the dictator but now Ranil will be the hero who both removed the dictator and developed the country

    Ukkun Putha Sunday, 12 July 2015 06:50 PM

    How much votes can these politicians bring to UNP.

    channa Sunday, 12 July 2015 06:50 PM

    I didnt want to vote. But now i vote for sure.


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