The six-member committee appointed by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has unanimously decided to nominate former president Mahinda Rajapaksa as the party's prime ministerial candidate no matter what President Maitripala Sirinsena's views are on this matter, informed sources said.
SLFP Vice Chairman and Minister Rajitha Senaratne told the weekly Cabinet meeting that the president had categorically stated that Mr. Rajapaksa would not be nominated for the general elections.
However, the committee comprising Chief Opposition Whip John Seneviratne, MPs Kumara Welgama, T.B. Ekanayake, Susil Premajayantha, Dilan Perera and Anura Priyadarshana Yapa has decided otherwise and was expected to convey its position to the President yesterday.
Meanwhile, the other political parties promoting Mr. Rajapaksa's candidacy for prime minister are said to be awaiting the stance of the President before deciding on the next step. The committee is expected to notify the President's views on this matter. (Kelum Bandara)
Thank you Lord for strengthening the hearts of the SLFP members
Saman Kumara Saturday, 20 June 2015 10:12 AM
Sisil P. You are an intelligent politician.;why you are going to trap fooled MPs to bring MR as PM candidate. Please mind you, you have same opportunity like MS. Become PM or President in our country. If MR come to power it is beggars belief you will ever have a chance.Saman
edwardtheophilus Saturday, 20 June 2015 10:18 AM
Americans are of opinion that Mr percy Mahinda Rajapakse will reemerge like Richard Nixon
Voter Saturday, 20 June 2015 10:25 AM
MR still continues to be in control and a one-man show.The so called Committee appointed appears to be remote controlled by him. via DM Android App
God Save Saturday, 20 June 2015 10:19 AM
40 Plus Want to cover their misdeeds with the Ali Baba.............If it happens the people are going to pay more and more to Past, Current and Future Looting of the Country. God give wisdom to the People to choose the correct Person ..
Reality Monday, 22 June 2015 06:05 PM
MR took commissions and there are expressways, others took commission but no roads to be seen, only money into the pocket.
Cheers Saturday, 20 June 2015 10:23 AM
Brilliant news only a Mahinda Rajapakse led government can take Sri lanka forward with development and prosperity all others have so far failed miserably and all should strengthen his hand to take the country forward till he is a live if not have a lot to loose and hope he too have learned his mistakes and will not repeat those again
Bokku Kata Saturday, 20 June 2015 10:27 AM
Gawa palanaya over!
Lanka Shantha Saturday, 20 June 2015 10:35 AM
Committee Propose.Voters Will Dispose.
shantha gamlath Saturday, 20 June 2015 05:07 PM
Give more tie to them. Mr president , we cannot understand behind strategy of delaying of general election. Every where look like anarchy cal nature. Ordinary people are getting different ideas on current scenario.That is some time negatively impact on final result of you wing. Take a appropriate decision to finished this nature and form a strong government with good and frank as well as less bribes people, Do not hesitate form a government without concern political differences.
Dee Saturday, 20 June 2015 10:49 AM
Is the lord supposed to do wrong? What kind of god or lord are you talking of? Satan?
mohamed Saturday, 20 June 2015 05:11 PM
the thievies are try to hide their bribe through big thief but its not working infront of MY3 these thievies defnitly will get the prize for their bribe including big one we are not fools this time will teach good lesson to them
dfr Thursday, 25 June 2015 07:11 AM
You can fool some of the people all of the time.
Ihsan Saturday, 20 June 2015 10:55 AM
The main objectives of the above decision are as follows:- To divert the all plan to investigate and apprehend the corruptible and big thieves - to promote the image of MR- to undermine the presidency of MS- to challenge the ruling party specially UNP- disregard the small parties and collision partners of the present govt.- to try to build up the so called trust and dependability on MR and his satellites of thieves.Yet, nothing but all these conspiracies are waste of time as the public in this country are more and more aware of the politics of the big thieves.
Ganesan Saturday, 20 June 2015 05:26 PM
MR will be all set to play the racial card in the elections. Without which He cannot even see ray of victory.
modaya Saturday, 20 June 2015 10:56 AM
SLFP -MR can be the party pm candidate BUT the election results will be DISSASTER. People r intelligent.
Hiran Gunawardena Saturday, 20 June 2015 11:04 AM
Absolutely brilliant decision. We need MR back as country going backwards now via DM Android App
OMG Saturday, 20 June 2015 11:00 AM
Human nature if one is given a mountain of gold, he will mostly think how to get another.
Sylvia Haik Saturday, 20 June 2015 05:48 PM
Oh my God, sycophants exist everywhere.
TONY Saturday, 20 June 2015 11:17 AM
ASK THE COMMITTEE TO MAKE HIM CONTEST COLOMBO CENTRAL DISTRICT NOT ANY OTHER AREA
Lesley Saturday, 20 June 2015 05:51 PM
Sylvia Haik Saturday, 20 June 2015 05:51 PM
We need MR back as countries re beginning to respect us. That must be stopped.
myya Saturday, 20 June 2015 05:58 PM
great news.MR shud come back with less power.MS is the president.so MR can continue his GOOD things....im sure he will do it. via DM Android App
Sumanadasa Saturday, 20 June 2015 05:52 PM
If Rajapksa becomes the PM candidate, there is a possibility that Sri Lanka would survive again despite the Sirisena spin together with Western bullies and Tamil Diaspora. Sri lanka is a very small economy in the world with great potential to develop but Western bullies do not want it to happen. It will be a great relief to many peace lovers and well wishers to prosperous Sri Lanka, if Rajapaksa can appear in Sri Lankan politics. This time he will be a good ruler as all the conspiracy parties are now exposed.
Nandanee Saturday, 20 June 2015 05:58 PM
. MAY BE - as in Macbeth.Act 5,Sc 1 ""Foul whispering are abroad""
sara Seneviratne Saturday, 20 June 2015 06:10 PM
WOW!we do not want Sissy Govt and let the Raja comes back!Sissy and the clan will have to pack their bags!
chandran Saturday, 20 June 2015 07:03 PM
Nringing back MR shows the power of Sinhalese, Buddhists and peace loving Tamils and Muslims
K. C. John Saturday, 20 June 2015 07:16 PM
Were they thinking of the country when they made this unanimous proposal?
Roshan Saturday, 20 June 2015 07:16 PM
This is comity of thieve. So they want king of thieves back.
Hasan Saturday, 20 June 2015 07:29 PM
Modayo Thawama Innawane me Rate. Maithiripala Mahththayo Danwath oya horun pathkarana eka nawathwanna. Rilaw tika path karama oka thama wenne kiyala dannedda. rajitha thama sudusui PM post ekata Baya nethuwa path karanna minissu chanda dei. MR hari Nimal hari path karoth Sulu jathika chanda Netha
banda Monday, 22 June 2015 01:37 PM
good news for UNP victory
Dan Saturday, 20 June 2015 07:49 PM
Committee knows very well what is SLFPVoters choice. Only few selfish individuals likeChandrika, Rajitha and Arjuna are tryingto break the party.
sss Saturday, 20 June 2015 07:52 PM
His acceptance of responsibility for wide spread corruption and promise to remedy it as well as refrain from corruption in future will help him in his election
adew Wednesday, 24 June 2015 09:14 PM
Last time we checked, it was MR who lost.
Puran Appu Saturday, 20 June 2015 08:10 PM
Well done sirs !
Keith Saturday, 20 June 2015 08:22 PM
Ranil thinks of his next election.mahinda is thinking about reversing this economic mess which unp got us into.. so yes. Good quote
Maya Saturday, 20 June 2015 08:26 PM
OK, MR fine to be the PM but with a condition from MY3, that SLFP break away from coalition and contest alone and the candidates will be chosen NOT by MR but by MY3.
Guru Saturday, 20 June 2015 08:29 PM
If MS allowed MR for PM post, then that is the end of MS life
Boonda Saturday, 20 June 2015 08:51 PM
Oh, will you vote MR. You UNP supporter stop encouraging the loser to come back.
Dutchy Saturday, 20 June 2015 09:11 PM
MR should take up the country. SL must be taken to the level of developed countries. MR had that vision
Mailman Monday, 22 June 2015 09:06 AM
Cheers either you got a free motor bike from MR or had a feast at his dansala. via DM Android App
weera Saturday, 20 June 2015 09:37 PM
There should be limit for greediness.
ANTON Saturday, 20 June 2015 01:11 PM
NOT STRENGTHENING THE HEARTS , SLFP MEMBERS MIGHT NEED BY PASS HEART OPERATIONS
Sharon Monday, 22 June 2015 02:37 PM
Well said Kieth.
Sharon Saturday, 20 June 2015 01:36 PM
Anton. As usual you are suffering from Gunamakukama syndrome via DM Android App
srinath.gunaratne Sunday, 21 June 2015 12:09 AM
Welcome back Mahi! Country awaits! Let us develop our paradise!
srinath gunaratne Sunday, 21 June 2015 12:16 AM
Every time, when our country try to stand up from our feet, Indians come and sabotage our journey. They just want to sell their malakada to us. We need to Stay as much as from India and who would with right mind build a bridge to hell in this world? Pipe all the shit in India to Sri Lanka?We will be in great danger from Indian fundamentalism unless we counter balance their influence. We do not need a kanda hali government where minority parties play double games! We need a strong government like we had six months ago.
Damien Sunday, 21 June 2015 01:50 AM
please try to understand there are many millions of people who love MR and also people who pray for him.
nandana Saturday, 20 June 2015 02:38 PM
30 weni wathawatath ranil paradinawa 100%
dutchy Sunday, 21 June 2015 04:15 PM
do not talk without knowing facts
mala Saturday, 20 June 2015 03:02 PM
"A politician thinks of the (his) next election; a statesman of the next generation" --James Freeman Clarke.
Baba Sunday, 21 June 2015 04:31 PM
Reminds me of the Disney DVD "Ali Baba and the king of thieves
perera Sunday, 21 June 2015 04:40 PM
what about a couple of airports (even domestic) and a few more zoos AND not forgetting a harbour.
Gp Sunday, 21 June 2015 09:20 AM
MR comes to power, more the mery... More roads more pocket money?