Video: I will contest only under an SLFP-led alliance: MR

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Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today said that if he was going to contest an election in the future it would only under an alliance led by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party.

He said he didn’t want to contest from any other political party, despite several other political parties inviting him to do so. “Those parties have the right to make such a request from me,” the former President told the media after a meeting with a group of UPFA provincial councillors at the Abhayaramaya in Narahenpita yesterday.

Excerpts from the dialogue:  

Q: The SLFP has joined to form a National government. You are also an advisor of the SLFP?
A: No one listens to me, so what should I do? Is this called a National government? This is a coalition. Is the JVP also in this?

Q: What do you think about a group of SLFP MPs accepting ministerial portfolios?
A: You should ask that question from them.

Q: You haven’t received the official residence yet?
A: It would be given.

Q: The MPs who were to support you, have taken ministerial portfolios. How do you feel?
A: All are supporting me. No one is against me. Who are against me? Just name anyone, then I can inquire from him. As far as I am concerned no one is against me. How can those who were with me for several years go against me?

Q: A person, who was with you for a long period left you?
A: Who?

Q: The current President.
A: Yes, but he became the President. If it is good for him, I am very happy.

Q: Ready to contest?
A: For what?

Q: An election?
A: There should be an election to talk about elections or contesting. I am at this moment enjoying a political break. (Indika Sri Aravinda)

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  • Desmond Jeromme Tuesday, 24 March 2015 10:53 AM

    Sir, now you are drinking too much and shouting at home and the following day going somewhere and jabbering.

    Bubble banda Tuesday, 24 March 2015 10:54 AM

    MR you are not in the SLFP, they have thrown you out. Now we have a honest leader for SLFP and he will not pick culprits like you and your family members.

    Horri Jimonis Tuesday, 24 March 2015 10:56 AM

    Hay Mahinda, you have no right to be called as a SLFP member now. You destroyed SLFP, mind it.

    Vijith Pieterz Tuesday, 24 March 2015 10:57 AM

    You cannot come to politics under SLFP man, better you join with Weerawansa

    J Palitha Tuesday, 24 March 2015 11:00 AM

    Now everyone knows that you and your family are rogues. Get lost man.

    Kiris Baba Amaray Tuesday, 24 March 2015 11:02 AM

    You thought that you could be the King forever and trying to make your idiotic son as the next King. It will never happen. Count your days to count the Jail bars.

    Horri Jimonis Tuesday, 24 March 2015 11:04 AM

    Do you want to do politics again?

    Vijith Pieterz Tuesday, 24 March 2015 11:05 AM

    Aiyo Mahinda..... Aiyo Mahinda.... whats wrong with you? Are you crazy?

    SLPF Tuesday, 24 March 2015 11:06 AM

    Lokka ! your time is up. Now date expired !!!.You did more harm than good. !! Go now. Go to political wilderness. N one wants to know anything about you. Specially the people who were harassed by you and killed during your time. Ekanaligoda, Lasantha wickramatunge, Raviraj MP. and many others. Go now. SLPF

    Tony Tuesday, 24 March 2015 05:34 AM

    You and your family plundered the wealth of the Country. Do you plan to contest again? The people who vote for you will be corrupted thieves who benefit from you being in power. Majority of people are not corrupt. Hence, go home have a good glass of scotch and sleep.

    LogicalCitizen Tuesday, 24 March 2015 11:19 AM

    Well, RW lost for 27 times including 2 Presidential elections but still it was good for him to continue and also get the PM post without an election. Why everybody is up to ask MR to learn to let go?

    Voter Tuesday, 24 March 2015 11:17 AM

    We dont think you need make more money soretire and plan how to spend the billions made. via DM Android App

    karu Tuesday, 24 March 2015 06:05 AM

    Power!,power!,power! at this age? We feel sorry for you

    mailman Tuesday, 24 March 2015 11:19 AM

    Mr. MR you served the country and leave all the wrong in the past. Its time you retire with honour. Dont be greedy for hunger as its that greed which will ruin your entire name and career. via DM Android App

    ravi Tuesday, 24 March 2015 06:29 AM

    wasnt he in the UNP at one time via DM Android App

    Arjuna Ranawana Tuesday, 24 March 2015 06:40 AM

    Hon. Sir. You will not get SLFP nomination. You cant get it from New President of the Party. It is sure. Now take a rest and stop your family tree political culture.

    star Tuesday, 24 March 2015 06:45 AM

    greedy via DM Android App

    Sherine Tuesday, 24 March 2015 11:48 AM

    For God sake GO HOME with your idiotic sons People are sick of hearing "RAJAPAKSA" present president will handle everything at least there is DEMOCRACY in the country.

    The God Father Tuesday, 24 March 2015 11:52 AM

    MR is dumb and arrogant.

    Logan Beri Tuesday, 24 March 2015 07:01 AM

    PremalalBefore you pursue Basil for plundered wealth wait a few months then you can add a few names from the mob in the current government for plundering in more sanitized form under wahapalanaya. Sri Lanka is the only country in the world has given a new meaning to wholesale corruption, backstabbing, betrayal etc.

    Alston Tuesday, 24 March 2015 12:22 PM

    When will he content with and call it a day?was the persistent cause love for the country?

    dinnaga Tuesday, 24 March 2015 12:24 PM

    Pls shut up, crawl under the rock and let other people recover the country, you and your had done enough.

    de silva Tuesday, 24 March 2015 07:14 AM

    Which fool in the SLFP will give you nomination.This man must be dreaming

    Arjuna Ranawana Tuesday, 24 March 2015 12:46 PM

    Now Leader of SLFP is Maithripala Sirisena. Can you get his consent your nomination

    dulan Tuesday, 24 March 2015 07:31 AM

    So many people loved Hitler too

    Fanam Tuesday, 24 March 2015 07:33 AM

    We had enough and not again please. We were sick of your family rule like in Saudi Arabia

    wasantha perera Tuesday, 24 March 2015 01:14 PM

    Coming back to Parliament,Mr.Rajapakse will lose all his immunity as an ex-president and all other perks. If ever there is a UN human rights case, then he will be vulnerable as he will not be protected.its his wish..

    surasena Tuesday, 24 March 2015 08:04 AM

    Despite many blunders that you made via family rule, still the nation adore you due to the role that you played during the war. If you want to destroy the only positive image still intact; COME AGAIN TO PARTY POLITICS

    Kolannawa Kolla Tuesday, 24 March 2015 01:21 PM

    What a power greedy man he is, even after people reject him. no shame at all, SLFP is loosing the grip from the people now, its started already.

    Fassey Tuesday, 24 March 2015 01:29 PM

    He should keep his self respect and retire. He should learn from Sangakara that when time comes you should retire and give way for the others. Anyway if he so adamant he should contest, let him contest and lose. That will put a stop for his greed.

    Cobra Tuesday, 24 March 2015 08:13 AM

    Oya aimath naawata kamak nehe!!!

    BV Tuesday, 24 March 2015 08:16 AM

    THANKS SIRPLEASE DO NOT COME BACK TO RUIN OUR COUNTRY. via DM Android App

    People Tuesday, 24 March 2015 08:23 AM

    "Q: The MPs who were to support you, have taken ministerial portfolios. How do you feel?A: All are supporting me. . . How can those who were with me for several years go against me?Q: A person, who was with you for a long period left you?A: Who?Q: The current President.A: Yes, but he became the President. If it is good for him, I am very happy." Such foolish replies. He is happy about the current president? He already said that MS has stabbed him from back. So where is happiness?.

    mahinda Tuesday, 24 March 2015 08:23 AM

    Dear sir,I am no politician but wait till the ungrateful people come to you and do not go all out for the people./The whole country will learn a bitter lesson. May the triple gem bless you.

    Riz Tuesday, 24 March 2015 02:09 PM

    what kind of person is this. No limit for his greediness. New gavmnt should stop him entering again into politics. Otherwise if he gets into power he and his family will do big damage to country and definitely he will take huge revange from people who are responsible for his defeat .

    Ganesha Tuesday, 24 March 2015 08:34 AM

    Although you are an adviser ,no one listens to you. How can they ? First of all ,did you listen to anybody other than your family when you were in power even brought laws for your sake, stifling every member by your iron grip ? Are you then senile to imagine to contest under SLFP ? Why do you want to do so once you were democratically rejected by the people. Are you not ashamed of this as a lawyer?

    marco Tuesday, 24 March 2015 02:21 PM

    you are will be the only president after April. 5 million votes are increasing everyday

    Kumara Tuesday, 24 March 2015 08:49 AM

    Welcome Ali Baba!

    asiyawe ascharya Tuesday, 24 March 2015 08:51 AM

    you very well know that you will certainly lose if you contest from any other party. even basil, duminda, mervyn will win if they contest under slfp

    words Tuesday, 24 March 2015 08:57 AM

    With the turmoil and circus we see in government every day, we just await your return. It does not matter through which party. Our economy is going backwards!

    MY3RW Tuesday, 24 March 2015 07:00 PM

    totally right, shameless

    My3 Tuesday, 24 March 2015 07:03 PM

    who says, people love to watch jokers and their jokes thats it

    Hitler Tuesday, 24 March 2015 07:08 PM

    Hi I am Hitler, no no, everyone hates me.

    Premalal Monday, 23 March 2015 11:13 PM

    Before that ask your brother to return and give account of his actions to the country. The plunder of national wealth was by you and your family

    Just Another Citizen Tuesday, 24 March 2015 09:39 AM

    Sometimes you just need to learn to let go.....

    appuhamy Tuesday, 24 March 2015 09:43 AM

    Sir, Did you agree to give 20 hectares of the new port city to China on free hold basis ?

    upali Tuesday, 24 March 2015 09:43 AM

    it seems that you are slowly gathering a vast crowd of provincial and national politicians from SLFP and contest as an alliance with the support of them. Then you will tell that SLFP is with you.

    Laminate Tuesday, 24 March 2015 09:48 AM

    Ammo Ahinam Epa..........................

    ranjith12323 Tuesday, 24 March 2015 09:54 AM

    What a sham. You were the President of SL. Now you want to be a MP. Please enjoy your retired life at home without insulting the positiopn you held.for 10 years.

    Lawry Tuesday, 24 March 2015 09:54 AM

    No. He will contest under a new party started by tissa Attanayake. Party name is OBLIVION

    kanga Tuesday, 24 March 2015 09:58 AM

    Please retire. We dont want you your family for we are sick of the name and your work.please shut up and retire

    Mala Payrathaya Tuesday, 24 March 2015 10:06 AM

    Ai moko, you already got retired...Why still greedy and being acted like famine bird.

    Thaya Tuesday, 24 March 2015 10:25 AM

    I remember you joked at Ranil while holding the office despite defeat. Is this is not applicable to you dont u have a retirement age via DM Android App


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