SJB Galle District candidate resigns, pledges support to MR

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Denat Paniyandoowage, the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) candidate contesting the General Elections from Galle District has withdrawn from contesting and pledged his support to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday.

Major (Rtd) Paniyandoowage has handed over his letter of withdrawal from contesting to Elections Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya yesterday.

In the letter, he said he resigned from the SJB candidacy for Ambalangoda electorate in Galle and decided to do so due to 'gross injustice' faced at the SJB district candidates meeting on June 9.

The copies of the letter had been forwarded to SJB General Secretary and Galle District Returning Officer as well.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister's Media Division said Major (Rtd) Paniyandoowage met with Prime Minister Rajapaksa at the latter's residence at Wijerama Mawatha in Colombo after the resignation.

Paniyandoowage said he was told by SJB Leader Sajith Premadasa that he could take decisions as he wished in the electorate since he was the organiser. However, at the organiser's meeting, he had been recognized as just another candidate.

"When I inquired about this from the Galle District Leader, I was told this was a decision taken by the party. I saw that Mr. Premadasa did not take the correct decision and that's why I resigned. I am disappointed about the leaders. No point in engaging in politics with leaders who have no backbones. That's why I made this decision," he said.(Lahiru Pothmulla)

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  • GHarry Thursday, 11 June 2020 08:37 AM

    The SLPP has strong BACKBONE therefore, those who attached and/or supported SJB should stay there up until the election is over. If such policy-less people try to join the SLPP for mere POSITION, that will damage the SLPP's image.

    Sokrates Thursday, 11 June 2020 08:43 AM

    Traitor. But for old soldiers it is a better future to work for the criminal Rajapaksa Clan.

    Malan Thursday, 11 June 2020 08:47 AM

    First deal

    Ruhunu Rascal Thursday, 11 June 2020 09:07 AM

    Never heard of him . Who is this man ! .

    Anthony Thursday, 11 June 2020 09:18 AM

    My Dear Friend Today all leaders don't have back bones, dont waste your time in Politics.

    CITIZEN Thursday, 11 June 2020 09:18 AM

    YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO LEAVE ANY PARTY. DONT LET BROADCAST EXCUSES, NO ONE IS INTERESTED IN THEM. LOOKS LIKE YOU HAVE GOT A GOOD DEAL FOR YOURSELF.

    BigEars Thursday, 11 June 2020 09:19 AM

    A newcomer to politics and just a major in the army. Trying to get a good position in a short time. Good these fellow drop off now and not after being elected to Parliament.

    Andrew Silva Thursday, 11 June 2020 11:41 AM

    How much did Denat receive?

    Ralahamy Thursday, 11 June 2020 05:12 PM

    Is this another political game, to encourage more candidates to resign from SJB to raise doubts about the party and its leader? Or are the rats abandoning the sinking ship?

    Adam Speak Thursday, 11 June 2020 07:22 PM

    Freedom of Choice and Fundamental Rights. Keep it up.

    Sambo Thursday, 11 June 2020 08:25 PM

    Such politicians don't come to work for the public but to fulfill their own dreams and pockets. Let such morons go it's good for the party not to have candidates with rotten reputations. Let them go and learn for their own selves. The best example is " Rukman Senanayake" who came upon the shoulders of his supporters and got lost since.

    Hari M Thursday, 11 June 2020 10:42 PM

    ha ha, may be he wanted a leader with a strong back bone , who implement only what he wants and benefits his family. Either way all have useless leaders. Time for Men of caliber like Kumar Sangakara to contest and bring the country together..


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