Only President can win 2020: Duminda

2018-04-19 06:28:38

The General Secretary of the SLFP Duminda Dissanayake yesterday said that he did not like to respond to the remarks made by SLFP Parliamentarian Dilan Perera on him and UPFA General Secretary Mahinda Amaraweera.

“Here is a man who lives on lies and contradictions. It was this same Perera who once said he was to take poison if he could not achieve his political objectives. No one takes him seriously and you also must treat him that way,” Minister Dissanayake said.

He said that the issue of 16 former Cabinet Ministers, State and Deputy Ministers joining the SLPP or the Joint Opposition did not arise as long as all of them remained in the SLFP under President Sirisena.

He added he and UPFA General Secretary Mahinda Amaraweera were doing a secretarial function conveying the decisions taken by President Sirisena and SLFP Central Committee.

“Both of us have no hand in decision making in our respective parties and we convey the messages to the country,” he stressed.

Minister Dissanayake said President Maithripala Sirisena was the one and the only politician who had the capability to win the 2020 Presidential election and therefore, he would be the indisputable Presidential candidate of the SLFP.

He added that all other political parties were in a state of confusion and only the SLFP had already decided on its Presidential candidate and therefore, his victory was already assured.

“The SLFP’s future lies in achieving victory at the forthcoming Provincial Council Elections, the Presidential Election, the General Election and forming an SLFP Government single-handedly in 2020,” he said.

Addressing the media at his office, Minister Dissanayake responding to a journalist said he would never join the UNP but certain SLFP members wanted to push him to the UNP.

“I and the late Mr M. D. K. Gunawardane left the SLFP behind Maithripala Sirisena on November 19, 2015, well realizing the threats, challenges and risks but we never resigned from the party of obtained the UNP membership when we contested the August 2015, General Election.

“We continue to remain in the SLFP to protect and strengthen President Sirisena and the party. Those who throw brickbats us are those who jump time to time to SLFP from the UNP and to UNP from the SLFP at the right time. It was they who had no policy and lost SLFP membership for years must leave the party,” he added.

Responding to demands that all SLFPers and Cabinet Ministers must leave the Unity Government, Minister Dissanayake said it was a betrayal of the hopes given to the people by the Yahapalana Government.

“We formed the Yahapalana Government for specific objectives of pruning the Executive Powers of the President, bringing a new Constitution and introducing independent commissions and restoring the rule of law and democracy.

“We have a responsibility to fulfil those pledges and that is why we remain the Yahapalana Government,” he stressed. (Sandun A Jayasekera)


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  Comments - 47

  • Nelson Thursday, 19 April 2018 06:50

    Get ready for the next massive drubbing at the PC elections.

    Reply : 1       48

    GC Thursday, 19 April 2018 16:43

    Him contesting itself will be the reason why the majority will not vote for him, even if he had developed the country by then. I do not think voters will vote for someone who takes them for fools with no memory. The question is whether he will be 3rd or 4th, not first!

    Reply : 1       4

    Cobra Thursday, 19 April 2018 06:50

    But not with the franchise he's got now!!!

    Reply : 0       32

    Chanaka Thursday, 19 April 2018 06:56

    This proves that the Yahapalana govt was only fooling the JO to get over their feb 10 defeat.

    Reply : 1       25

    Kadduwan Sankaralingam Thursday, 19 April 2018 06:59

    No way Mr. Duminda. It will be Gota for sure. Even the minorities will vote for him.

    Reply : 58       63

    Jude Thursday, 19 April 2018 09:16

    Mark my word!! Gota wont qualify to be a presidential candidate!!

    Reply : 50       44

    Dam Thursday, 19 April 2018 09:23

    You surely can day dream.

    Reply : 25       33

    Seeni Ganeshan (Nuwara-Eliya) Thursday, 19 April 2018 10:03

    Yes, Gotta is the suitable person to be the President of SriLanka 2020 onwards. The whole nation will support him.

    Reply : 51       32

    Alaleen Mustan Hajiar Thursday, 19 April 2018 10:05

    People will hate My3 and RW as they are liars, cheaters and deceivers.... We trust Gotta...

    Reply : 48       32

    Gehan perera Thursday, 19 April 2018 07:00

    I voted for presodent last election he lies over and over again... what he told is he wont contest for 2nd term but now?

    Reply : 2       68

    Man Thursday, 19 April 2018 08:48

    Maithree is better than Rajapakshas and Colombo Royalists. So promises are irrelevant.

    Reply : 71       10

    Walter Thursday, 19 April 2018 07:03

    We saw how he led the SLFP to defeat at the local Council elections.

    Reply : 1       70

    Jamalji Thursday, 19 April 2018 07:10

    Unless he is supported by UNP , he will end up in the polls with fraction of votes.

    Reply : 2       52

    Dennis Reeves Thursday, 19 April 2018 10:01

    Because of Ranil's tuition My3 is running the show, but he is a shadow of Ranil always.

    Reply : 4       33

    cinnamon Thursday, 19 April 2018 07:14

    only person who will surely NOT win!

    Reply : 1       73

    Dotard Thursday, 19 April 2018 07:49

    Which president?

    Reply : 1       33

    Patcha Dissanayake Thursday, 19 April 2018 09:58

    Dissa is talking about the President of Co-operative Society Anuradhapura.

    Reply : 3       34

    Citizen Perera Thursday, 19 April 2018 07:55

    You must be joking....

    Reply : 0       51

    Refaideen Thursday, 19 April 2018 08:11

    2020 presidential candidate must be day dreaming.

    Reply : 0       48

    Kadupol Jothywansa Thursday, 19 April 2018 09:55

    In 2020 there won't be a Presidential Election, there onwards Prime Minister will be the head of our nation. i.e. Ranil...

    Reply : 20       23

    GUY Thursday, 19 April 2018 08:13


    Reply : 15       11

    Bannis Mama Thursday, 19 April 2018 09:54

    Why not Bay-batha Arumugam Thondaman?

    Reply : 14       5

    Dayan Thursday, 19 April 2018 10:52

    Why not.... ! Jaffna High Court judge Mr. Ilancheliyan is most suitable. One

    Reply : 4       20

    Cluless Thursday, 19 April 2018 17:39

    Hey what is wrong with Thondaman. Isn't he a Royalist?

    Reply : 3       5

    Freeda Thursday, 19 April 2018 08:23

    Yes, president can improve his popularity a lot if he can sack this guy who is one of the main responsible ministers for the downfall of the government. When this government came into power Sri Lanka had to surplus stock of paddy and rice and had to use Mattala air store. In 2 years due to no head policies of the Agriculture minister we had to import rice.

    Reply : 1       33

    Joseph Thursday, 19 April 2018 08:26

    Joke of the century

    Reply : 1       45

    Siyabala Thursday, 19 April 2018 08:27

    Possible substitute for the vacuum created by the good old actor Freddie Silva. !

    Reply : 1       32

    sachith Thursday, 19 April 2018 08:29

    Poor Bandu and Tenison.

    Reply : 1       31

    Roy Thursday, 19 April 2018 08:42

    I thought Sirisena promised to run only once for office of president.

    Reply : 1       34

    JIM Thursday, 19 April 2018 08:44

    Which President, MR ?

    Reply : 10       11

    Sunil Thursday, 19 April 2018 08:59

    Wait and see.

    Reply : 1       7

    Ganesh Thursday, 19 April 2018 09:14

    Do not daydream Mr Duminda , Srisena came to abolish or water down the powers of President saying he will go home thereafter getting Tamilvotes . Now we know who he is Mahinda is overt racist but Srisena is covert racist. Not a single Tamil who has self respect will not vote for this snake

    Reply : 4       32

    Grass Thursday, 19 April 2018 09:16

    This class B drug addict needs a rehab. Too much daydreaming ......

    Reply : 1       20

    Atha Katha Karunapala Thursday, 19 April 2018 09:47

    Hay man, how could you say My3 will win the next Presidential Election. He came to power promising that he will abolish the Presidential system before his term ends. Are you guys joking?

    Reply : 1       27

    ranmala Thursday, 19 April 2018 11:46

    These guys are day dreaming and think the masses are fools. Not any more. All the rouges will end up where they belong to after the next polls with a new broad alliance

    Reply : 0       7

    Lal Dias Piyasena (Attorney-at-Law) Thursday, 19 April 2018 09:48

    Present President Sirisena to contest as Prime Minister or President in 2020 ?

    Reply : 4       2

    Prof. Terrance Victor Thursday, 19 April 2018 10:27

    Even Sirisena contest any elections - HE WILL LOSE BADLY.

    Reply : 0       15

    puppet Thursday, 19 April 2018 10:14

    this puppet how can he win... no guts

    Reply : 1       19

    gunadasa Thursday, 19 April 2018 10:15

    What made you to think so? By increasing tax ,vat you think you can get votes? Better to ask and learn from your leader as he is having more experience on elections than you and he may give you a better answer.

    Reply : 0       15

    asela Thursday, 19 April 2018 10:37

    You are very right! surely he will win the same as he won the last PC election becoming the first from the other end of the race Anyways congrats

    Reply : 1       10

    Rasheed Thursday, 19 April 2018 10:42

    I can remember that he said that he won't seek second term.

    Reply : 0       11

    Ganesh Thursday, 19 April 2018 12:20

    He has no backbone and leadership quality no commitment and education

    Reply : 1       10

    Nadaal Thursday, 19 April 2018 12:23

    Is he really thinking of contesting again. So his own pledge that he shall not contest for a second term also broken now. What a character? This country would vote for anybody but MY3 and RW. Sooner you two are out the better for the country.

    Reply : 1       9

    Sincere Thursday, 19 April 2018 12:37

    We too said the same in 2015, but it is over now. Its almost 3 years since it passed!

    Reply : 0       3

    Citizen Thursday, 19 April 2018 17:34

    Not only will he never be President again, he will lose the party leadership too.

    Reply : 1       7

    Banda Friday, 20 April 2018 13:44

    Duminnda can you please check whether you haveTwo ba.........s with you

    Reply : 0       0

    Don Monday, 28 May 2018 08:37

    Rohan Pallewatta all the way!!

    Reply : 0       0

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