UNP to field party candidate for presidency

20 May 2014 11:24 am - 13     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The United National Party said today it was considering fielding a separate candidate from the UNP at the forthcoming presidential elections.

UNP national leader Ranil Wickremesinghe told a group meeting this morning that Ven. Maduluwawe Sobotha Thera would not contest as the common candidate despite moves to convince him to do so.

Mr. Wickremesinghe suggested countrywide protest should be organised like the ‘Jana Bala Meheyuma’ from June this year against the Government.

He said that another no confidence motion would be presented against the Government apart from the one which was brought today.

Mr. Wickremesinghe said it would be presented because the Government was planning to shift the five casinos which were operating in the country to the proposed Hotel complex at D.R. Wijeyawardane Mavatha by breaking its earlier promise.

“Five casinos are operating in the country right now. Minister Keheliya Rambukwella has said recently that those casinos can be shifted anywhere in the country. So the Government is planning to shift them to the new Hotel complex at D.R. Wijeyawardane Mavatha. This is a breach of confidence as it had earlier claimed that no casinos will be established there,” he said.(Indika Sri Aravinda)

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  • dan Tuesday, 20 May 2014 12:20 PM

    We simply don't understand why UNP needs a different candidate when their leader RW is eligible to contest???

    rolland Tuesday, 20 May 2014 12:38 PM

    Sir: How about Ms. Shirani Bandaranayake? Has UNP thought of nominating her? She could unseat President Rajapakse.
    They ought to seriously consider fielding her.

    Samantha Tuesday, 20 May 2014 12:38 PM

    What is most important is to submit a common candidate to win Presidential elections. No individual opposition parties can win Presidential elections. Ranil with UNP heading for the 30th defeat.

    Public Wednesday, 21 May 2014 02:03 AM

    Sajith Premadasa is the right choice. The friend of common and general Public. We are waiting for him!

    MR Wednesday, 21 May 2014 02:27 AM

    Any how someone should be nominated by now, otherwise how come he or she get prepared...(now also its too late)

    Kapatiya Wednesday, 21 May 2014 02:43 PM

    Absolutely right. This another ploy to ensure victory of MR. via DM iPad app

    Astronaut Wednesday, 21 May 2014 02:47 PM

    An agency is taking bookings for Mars. Mr. RW why not book a one way ticket. Well contribute for the ticket. via DM iPad app

    Devaka Wednesday, 21 May 2014 09:41 AM

    How about nominating another three wheeler driver to contest?

    Bhoja Wednesday, 21 May 2014 03:43 AM

    We need you as a all time opp leader plzZZz

    Packeer Tuesday, 20 May 2014 11:48 AM

    Then why can't you name the candidate from now itself and give him the freedom to convince the voters.

    Mevan Tuesday, 20 May 2014 05:19 PM

    With you as leader whoever comes forward as candidate will lose. via DM Android App

    David Benaragama Wednesday, 21 May 2014 06:25 AM

    Another ploy to support MR

    Izmy Tuesday, 20 May 2014 12:07 PM

    Take a bold decision soon then there will be no internal rift. Those who are against a candidate selected could either work for him or get lost.

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