Former minister and UPFA candidate Jayathissa Ranaweera said the Sabaragamuwa PC Chief Minister must be someone from Ratnapura.
“During the entire tenure of the UPFA the CM has almost always been from the Kegalle District, with the Ratnapura District being sidelined. Therefore it is of paramount importance that the next Chief Minister must be selected from Ratnapura,” Mr. Ranaweera said.
He said the party had clearly stated that seniority and experience would be the criteria for selection.
“I am the most senior politician from Ratnapura and have served at all levels of government during my years in politics. I have been a minister and have a lot of experience in many matters of governance. The people of Ratnapura have always been with me therefore I believe that I am the most suitable candidate for the post and I’m contesting with the hope of becoming the Chief Minister,” he said.
When Daily Mirror asked Mr. Ranaweera whether he was confident that the UPFA would emerge victorious at the polls, Mr. Ranaweeera said yes.
“There is no competition in the province and the people are with the President. We have the President’s blessings and therefore there is no second guessing about the UPFA sweeping the polls,” he said. ( By Hafeel Farisz)
Comments - 8
Gayana gamage Wednesday, 25 July 2012 12:12 PM
Yes this time it should goes to Ratnapura, Mahipala maybe has done for kegalle but not for Ratnapura. there must have some rotation policy. and mr Ranaweera s more senior than mahipala i guess. time for a change.
Gayana gamage Wednesday, 25 July 2012 12:14 PM
where? can you name a single thing, Sabaragamuwa is not only the kegalle district.
Yehiya Wednesday, 25 July 2012 08:58 AM
Mahepala is world class leader. He done lot to Sabaragamuwa.
Berty Wednesday, 25 July 2012 09:01 AM
Yes;He is correct. So are we. Every District should be given the Opportunity to get a CHIEF MINISTER> Kegalle Had more than its share. This time it should be Ratnapura District.
mangala Wednesday, 25 July 2012 09:42 AM
No, Kagalle and Hon Mahiplala Herath is the best choice. He is truly the people choice.
Farzan - Kalutara Wednesday, 25 July 2012 09:42 AM
All the weeras are shouting for their personal benefits. Not for the sake of people's well being.
Hussain Wednesday, 25 July 2012 10:19 AM
I dont want to make a political comment but Mr.Mahepala has indeed done a lot of work...need to give credit where its due-cheers
Calistus Jayatilleke Wednesday, 25 July 2012 10:26 AM
Ha Ha, really funny. The fight for supremacy by the politicians in the same camp has already started with one from Anuradhapura saying that the CM should not be from Minneriya and another from Ratnapura saying the CM should not be from Kegalle. When these Sinhala politicians clamour for "separation" within the same District, there is nothing to be surprised when minorities ask for their own "separate state".
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