Will contest presidential poll if I can win: PM

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today as the UNP leader who had protected the party during trying times, he would contest the upcoming presidential elections if he could win and if otherwise, he would opt-out.

He said he held a myriad of positions during his political career and now at the age of 70 years it would not be difficult for him to opt-out of politics.

The Prime Minister said this at Temple Trees when he met a group of veteran UNPers from the Biyagama and Kelaniya electorates before leaving to Mannar for the inauguration of school buildings under ‘the best school is the closet school’ project.

The Prime Minister recalled how he took over the party leadership at a time when its leaders passed away one after another and how resurrected the party during difficult times and added that it was his duty to ensure victory for the alliance to be set up his leadership.

Some of the seniors were seen with watery eyes when listening to him recall his political journey. (Anjula Mahika Weeraratna and Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 8

  • shan Thursday, 12 September 2019 09:39 PM

    You will not win whether you contest or not. so better not to contest.

    perera Thursday, 12 September 2019 10:18 PM

    I cant believe, PM did you really said this. thank God at least now you understood the ground realities, so dont delay, nominate SP as UNP candidate, lets make a grand UNP win and usher a new era for our next generation ! Good luck !

    TONY Thursday, 12 September 2019 11:02 PM

    YOU ARE A GENTLEMAN POLITICIAN NOT WITNESSED IN SRI LANKAN HISTORY OF POLITICS. YOU DID NOT CRITICISE WHO EVER UNDERMINED YOU YOU ALSO OBLIGED TO OPPOSITION REQUESTED FOR FAVORS. THAT IS HOW YOU CONDUCTED YOURSELF. GREAT POLITICIAN

    sam silva Thursday, 12 September 2019 11:11 PM

    Mr. P M, Could you let us know how you could determine if you could win or lose before the election First you need to run for the election in order to know the results right ?

    Kapila Senaratne Thursday, 12 September 2019 11:15 PM

    Time to retire Mr. PM. Country can’t see any progress. Sorry !

    Kumara Thursday, 12 September 2019 11:23 PM

    You should have handed over the UNP leadership to someone else 15 years ago... No leader should serve for more than 10 years.

    Era Friday, 13 September 2019 01:03 AM

    You have held on to the leadership for 25 years without a win. Best is to opt put and retire. If you do not you will be chased off.

    Rohan Weerakkody Friday, 13 September 2019 05:10 AM

    You can win please contest, we are for you. We want a gentleman as a leader not uncivilized person


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