Maithri rejects concessions to MR at polls: Rajitha

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President Maithripala Sirisena has flatly rejected to grant any concession to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the forthcoming election campaign, Cabinet spokesman and Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said today.

Minister Senaratne told the weekly cabinet news briefing that President Sirisena categorically told the six-member committee appointed to mend fences among the two worrying factions that Mr. Rajapaksa did not qualify to be nominated as the Prime Ministerial candidate, in the national list or get nominations from the SLFP to contest the poll.

“The six member committee met President Sirisena yesterday to discuss the responsibility the former President Rajapaksa would be entrusted with at the upcoming parliamentary polls campaign among other matters. They requested to nominate Mr. Rajapaksa as the Prime Ministerial candidate of the UPFA at the election campaign and also nominate him if his name was not included in the National List of the SLFP. President Sirisena told the committee in no uncertain terms that no nomination as the Prime Ministerial candidate or no inclusion of his name in the National List of the SLFP. He would not get party nominations to contest the election either,” Minister Senaratne said.

He said the six-member committee comprising Opposition Whip John Seneviratne, UPFA General Secretary and SLFP National Organizer Susil Premajayantha, SLFP General Secretary Anura Priyadharshana Yapa, Dilan Perera, Kumara Welgama and T.B.Ekanayake were entrusted with the task of mending the fences between the two groups and creating a strong political front under President Sirisena assisted by Rajapaksa.

However, Minister Senaratne noted that any politician, political party or group was free to join the UPFA and support its election campaign.

The people have clearly rejected the policies and the style of the governance of the previous regime and therefore, attempts to bring back rejected politicians and policies back to power was an insult to the people who elected Maithripala Sirisena as the President and the government formed under his leadership.

‘The people must decide at the forthcoming election whether they would continue to support the good governance under president Sirisena or restore the pillaging and plundering Rajapaksa regime. They also must decide whether they approve to punish the rogues who looted public money or let them free and open the gates once again for corruption, lawlessness and thuggery,” Minister Senaratne stressed.(Sandun Jayasekera)

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  • PoPo Friday, 19 June 2015 12:32 PM

    Great news breaking in. The UNP will go for the elections on its own and Ranil has been given the power to select the Nominations committee. For sure Rajitha will be the next Prime Minister. One again the noble pillars of Ananda College will resonate with pride.

    Billa Friday, 19 June 2015 12:42 PM

    Bahubuthaya you better rest in peace.

    billa Friday, 19 June 2015 12:44 PM

    you better go to hell with ranil.

    aji Saturday, 20 June 2015 06:48 PM

    If My-3 allow MR to be PM what will happen to My-3, Rajitha and Champika? Ajith

    Aji Saturday, 20 June 2015 06:50 PM

    Rubbish !!!

    Kiris Baba Amaray Friday, 19 June 2015 09:11 AM

    No one can play games with our brave President.

    Horri Jimonis Friday, 19 June 2015 09:12 AM

    Why not man, it can happen. Who knows.

    Desmond Jeromme Friday, 19 June 2015 09:17 AM

    If he becomes the PM, for sure MR will be in Jail for lifetime.

    Well-wisher Thursday, 18 June 2015 07:50 PM

    What wonderful news. Well done Mr President.

    Harith Thursday, 18 June 2015 07:53 PM

    Rajitha day dreaming of becoming the next PM of Sri Lanka.

    Vijith Pieterz Friday, 19 June 2015 09:31 AM

    Rajitha can be the PM and RW should be his deputy. MR to the garbage.

    Naveen Pragnaratna Thursday, 18 June 2015 08:17 PM

    This is a one of peson who created discontent between SLFP members, and other party members, never to be trusted. I am sorry for poor Srilankan who blindly vote for this man,

    PoPo Thursday, 18 June 2015 08:20 PM

    You are the only minister that takes straight and sense. The UNP guys talk gibberish and keep changing all the time. Well it is the school we went to that groomed us to be logical. The teaching of the Buddhist philosophy. Talk sense.

    Puncha Thursday, 18 June 2015 08:31 PM

    Former President has done many things ended the war had a theme to be the wonder of asia and tremendous development drive giving jobs over many thousands which have now stopped and many are going hungry. Mr Rajapakse please come back we need you!

    Nkkiran Thursday, 18 June 2015 08:37 PM

    Rajitha good choice nex Primir MINISTER.

    Senanayake Thursday, 18 June 2015 08:38 PM

    MR - retake from your bid to become PM and give the chancs to others. You may now play golf with the others rejected by people.

    PoPo Thursday, 18 June 2015 08:55 PM

    Agree. I was predicting this from the time our new President was elected.

    Tikira Saturday, 20 June 2015 02:46 AM

    This is what Tamil Diaspora wants from Sirisena, otherwise Sirisena is in danger. Rajitha was paid by LTTE at the war time for their propaganda campaign, and he was frequently invited to Jaffna, even during peak war time. Now Rajitha is the Sinhalese agent for Tamil Diaspora conveying Diaspora messages in Parliament.

    Riz Thursday, 18 June 2015 09:18 PM

    MR behaviours shows he is really mental now

    Riz Thursday, 18 June 2015 09:22 PM

    Ranil is the only eligible person for PM post. All others in the SLFP are like dried pumpkins. Better put in pettah market and sell it.

    Silva Friday, 19 June 2015 10:03 AM

    Hey man,Rajitha is already like a prime minister now, no need for him to be greedy like MR clan

    dilip Thursday, 18 June 2015 09:26 PM

    Some people are getting cold feet when mentioned Mr. Mahindas name these days.

    Bahubuthaya Friday, 19 June 2015 11:49 AM

    Congratulations. Mr.President. You are full of moral courage. We are happy that you not getting bulied by Mr or the catchers around him. For the first time we see a Statesman being born in our political arena. Do not have fear,continue to have courage. Clean the present mess irrespective of who is involved. Politicians themselves openly saying that the Parliament is full of corruprt elements. Immagine 94 out of 225 have not passed O Leveles even.Some 194 not even A leveles. These are thye donkeys deciding things for the country and running it. Let chase the whole lot at the next election and some capable repesentatives. With them MR and the gang can rest in peace .


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