Arjuna to consider refraining from contesting at polls

19 March 2020 05:44 am - 5     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Former MP Arujna Ranatunga yesterday said he will refrain from contesting the general election because of the crisis brought on by CORVID-19.

Mr. Ranatunga speaking at a press conference said that he will make the final decision on refraining from contesting the election as resolving the crisis is more important that holding an election.

“ I will sign the nomination paper but would withdraw as and when I make the final decision. Also I hope that the UNP Leader will also take appropriate steps as I believe that he is also a person who thinks of the people,” Mr. Ranatunga said.

“ Those who are in the government and in the opposition who wants the election to be held on schedule have to be responsible if the situation escalates into more dangerous proportions,” he added.

“Some in the opposition also wanted the election held but now some of them seem to be changing their stance,” he also said.

Mr. Ranatunga said people did not expect the President to play the role of trade minister but expected to hear about what steps the government would be taking

to combat the spread of CORVID-19.

The President, Prime Minister and the Minister of Education should have made the decision to postpone the Royal Thomian big match. “ Why should one hold the post of President if he could not stop the match? “ Even the Ananda- Nalanda limited over match was stopped by the old boys and the organizers,” he said. (Yohan Perera)



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  Comments - 5

  • Era Thursday, 19 March 2020 08:05 AM

    All these have made the wrong decision to contest from UNP. So chances of getting elected is very low.

    A Perera Thursday, 19 March 2020 08:33 AM

    Just stick to Cricket That is all he can do-so inefficient

    Corona Thursday, 19 March 2020 11:09 AM

    If you know you are going to loose, Covid 19 is a good excuse!!

    Anthony Thursday, 19 March 2020 07:26 PM

    Is it 1st April yet. Liars

    dickie bird Thursday, 19 March 2020 08:46 PM

    Just decide once and for all now. Why later? Looking for an excuse to contest?

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