Our votes can’t be split: MR

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Opposition and SLPP Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa said although many candidates have been fielded in the presidential election with the objective of splitting votes, the votes for the SLPP candidate cannot be split from such moves.

He expressed these views while addressing a meeting of agricultural research officers at the SLPP Operational Centre at Wilgoda, Kurunegala on Thursday night.

“There are 35 presidential candidates. Most of them have been fielded to split our votes but it won't happen. We have fielded a candidate who loves the country and has already shown that he is capable of executing plans. We fielded him after many thorough discussions and after considering peoples’ requests and party leaders' consultations. It was not my personal decision,” Mr.Rajapaksa said.

He commented on presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa’s maiden rally held in Colombo and said all speakers at the rally had slung mud at the SLPP camp instead of speaking about what the UNP Government had done for the last four years.

“This was the same thing that happened during the 2015 election. They continue to sling mud at us and refrain from commenting on how they took political revenge and damaged democracy. Many of our officials were arrested, put in jail and then acquitted. Gamini Senarath and Johnston Fernando are examples. The government couldn’t start any new project because it was only focusing on political revenge,” Mr. Rajapaksa said.

He said his government made sure that all elections were held on time irrespective of their results. “This government fears election defeats and keeps postponing elections,” he said.

MPs Johnston Fernando, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, T.B.Ekanayake and Tharanath Basnayake were also present at the event. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

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  • Borat Friday, 11 October 2019 10:03 PM

    Humbug

    D Perera Friday, 11 October 2019 10:55 PM

    Elpitiya elections proved that.

    jayt Saturday, 12 October 2019 07:50 AM

    There should be a government who is loyal to Sri lanka. Last time, he was in power but all conspirators in the world controlled him with war crime Charges, and there was nobody to counter these blood thirsty dogs. I can't say he was not success. He and his brothers brought great in success in economy but was not prepared intelligently. It was not their first time over throwing of government in Sri lanka. They have been doing it last 70 years. They have been overthrowing governments across the world to suit their covert operation by creating scandals every 5, 10, 20 years. Surely, He is not god nor any of us is God, but comparing to RW who conspired against Sinhalese Buddhist by abusing traditional vote for a party, He has the ability, willingness, and courage if he has a powerful legal and intelligent team to counter and put down conspiracy in the west. Sri lanka do not have highly educated, and intelligent people ;

    TJ Saturday, 12 October 2019 12:15 AM

    Of course in southern province

    Andrew Silva Saturday, 12 October 2019 06:30 AM

    May be your votes can notbe split, but if you come to power the mother Lanka will be shattered.

    Neville Jayakody Saturday, 12 October 2019 06:42 AM

    Didn't you field a candidate like that for the last Presidential election?

    Jude Saturday, 12 October 2019 07:11 AM

    GOTA NOTTA LIFELONG SRI LANKAN !!!yeah

    Jude Saturday, 12 October 2019 07:16 AM

    Hey MR, I AGREE GOTA served well for MOTHER LANKA, However, GOTA RENOUNCED Sri Lankan Citizenship, and gave up SRI LANKAN citizenship to become American citizen!! At some point in Gota's life he wasn't a LANKAN citizen!!!

    Prabakaran Saturday, 12 October 2019 07:34 AM

    Same with the North. They don't care a damn who wins but they are unbreakable and will control.

    Realist Saturday, 12 October 2019 07:47 AM

    Oh did you just drop from heaven!

    Mithula Saturday, 12 October 2019 08:32 AM

    All the people in south are for Rajapssa

    johan Saturday, 12 October 2019 08:59 AM

    Last Presidential Election MR could not win despite people from his strong hold were voted in favour of him.


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