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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Saturday that he was willing to take on former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as his rival candidate at the next General Elections.

Mr. Wickremesinghe told a public rally in Wennapuwa, that the government was willing to take up the no confidence motion against Minister John Amarathunga in Parliament next week and dissolve the House immediately if the motion was defeated.

He said those who want to bring the former President back to politics should then contest the election and win if they could.

The Prime Minister said President Maithiripala Sirisena would not allow the former President to lead UPFA at the next election.

In such a situation he questioned as to whether the group, who want to field former President as the Prime Ministerial candidate would contest under the wheel symbol.

He said the SLFP has already pledged to work with the UNP to fulfill the 100-day programme and then form a national government after the General Elections.
“All we want to do is to create a bright future for the people of this country,” he added.

Meanwhile, Mr. Wickremesinghe said neither he nor his family members would use power to gain wealth as they had their own businesses to fulfill any such aspirations.

State Minister Palitha Range Bandara and Minister Niroshan Perera also spoke.(KB)
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  • Liberal One Monday, 23 February 2015 09:55 AM

    And how did your family built businesses mr prime minister? are you denying the fact that your family was connected to politics from the times of British?

    Vinodh Monday, 23 February 2015 10:07 AM

    RW has made a deal with MS not to allow MR to contest the general elections under the UPFA, hence he puts forward this challenge. If he is genuine he should contest MR allowing MR to contest under UPFA.

    cheers Monday, 23 February 2015 12:21 PM

    You will loose and then can say good bye after the 19th defeat in your political career and you are not a challenge at all to MR

    Dixon Silva Monday, 23 February 2015 12:24 PM

    Look who is talking........ Compared to Mahinda you are just a mouse in front of a Lion.

    Waco Tuesday, 24 February 2015 05:44 AM

    What is the point in forming a National Government now, damage has already been done.

    das Tuesday, 24 February 2015 12:20 PM

    Only because our voters are buffaloas

    Nims Monday, 23 February 2015 11:17 AM

    Common Ranil, Stop challenging and think of the work you got to finish in less than 2 months. If not MR will be back on driving seat without any challenges

    J Palitha Monday, 23 February 2015 09:43 AM

    Hon. PM you cannot define a symbol for Rajapakshe. Agree !!!

    Senator Tuesday, 24 February 2015 02:04 PM

    Anyways R.W. cannot become an elected Prime Minister.

    Vijith Pieterz Monday, 23 February 2015 09:44 AM

    Do you have confidence to beat MR if he contest. I doubt Sir.

    Desmond Jeromme Monday, 23 February 2015 09:46 AM

    If you bring a No confidence motion against John, you will lose him too.

    Horri Jimonis Monday, 23 February 2015 09:47 AM

    What John Amarathunga did was right, nothing wrong. Forget about No confidence motion against him.

    Bubble Banda Monday, 23 February 2015 09:49 AM

    Try to postpone the General Election, you will lose.


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