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The joint opposition today refuted the allegation that former Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe would contest the general election as the common candidate of the JO.

Addressing a news briefing, MP Dilum Amunugama said the joint opposition never went behind any common candidate and would not do so in future.

“We will field our own candidate, not a common candidate,” he said.

However, when asked if the JO would accept MP Rajapakshe to their party, MP Amunugama said they would accept not only MP Rajapakshe but anyone who were willing to join them.

He said the JO would not have any special meeting with MP Rajapakshe or any other individual as long as they followed the same ideology.

He said the removal of ministerial portfolios from Mr. Rajapakshe reflected the extent to which the UNP would go to take revenge on their opponents.

“Although the party gave MP Rajapakshe a deadline to withdraw the statements he made over the Hambantota Port, he didn’t to do so. He stood by his word and therefore, the UNP wanted him removed,” MP Amunugama said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

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  Comments - 23

  • Wise Donkey Thursday, 24 August 2017 06:17 AM

    JO is trying to make a hero out of a 'cut-throat' politician who has earned a fitting nickname called 'Dealdasa'. JO will take in any garbage if it thinks that it can topple the government with it. Take over this stinking rubbish, JO!

    Kadiya Thursday, 24 August 2017 07:02 AM

    But why not, he's Rajapaksa isn't he?

    Voter Thursday, 24 August 2017 08:50 AM

    Does not matter. Anyone you like!!

    ANTON Thursday, 24 August 2017 07:25 AM


    CAPS LOCK Thursday, 24 August 2017 06:10 PM

    Anton,Go to agree with you,After all it was the "Mulleriyawa Hospital" folks who brought in peace after years of bloodshed and free movement. While the educated class didnt know where Alimankada is (FYI elephant pass)BTW try unlocking caps once in a while :)cheers mate

    ANTON Thursday, 24 August 2017 07:32 AM


    Wise Donkey Thursday, 24 August 2017 11:37 AM

    What about street protests?

    Dr. A.C.B. Jayaweera Thursday, 24 August 2017 07:48 AM

    Garbage always gathered with garbage, same will apply with WR.

    L.P. Mendis Thursday, 24 August 2017 07:51 AM

    MR himself told that he will back WR, look Dilum, these two had a deal, no doubt.

    S.T.M. Jabeer (Attorney-at-Law) Thursday, 24 August 2017 07:54 AM

    Same theory Wijedasa applied like Tissa.... but finally who is the loser by protecting dam rogues.

    Aladeniya Kirimathaya Thursday, 24 August 2017 07:56 AM

    Hay man, the fact is Wijedasa could follow anyone who throws money lavishly and promise power.

    malij Thursday, 24 August 2017 08:23 AM

    Poor Wije. Now we have got another washed out politician like Tissa Attanayaka. JO waited till he was kicked out, to make this statement. Maybe they might offer him the future Prime Ministers job now. It would be enough to keep him going till he vanishes from the scene like Tissa Attanayake.

    Premalal Thursday, 24 August 2017 12:24 PM

    Tissa Attanayaka? I faintly remember a guy by that name but cannot place him.

    sathees Thursday, 24 August 2017 08:26 AM

    even though news report says President forwarded UNP's decision to him, in reality he got fired. Thus he could join the fired group called JO.

    silly ass Thursday, 24 August 2017 09:39 AM

    (UN) Common Candidate?!

    kukula Thursday, 24 August 2017 09:44 AM

    Bandula Gunawardea is the best common candidate for the JO.

    Premalal Thursday, 24 August 2017 12:21 PM

    Bandula Gunawardena is an uncommon candidate who is in and out of consciousness on a regular basis. Maybe all of us can have a comfortable life with 7,500 Rupees per month when he becomes the President.

    Dhammika Thursday, 24 August 2017 10:03 AM

    WR has amased wealth like NO OTHER ! . With his common surname ( Rajapakse) sure he is most suitable to be JO un common presidential candidate nest time.

    malij Thursday, 24 August 2017 12:23 PM

    Any more development on the latest surface to surface missile Wijedasa Rajapaksa, made in Sri Lanka as a joint venture project funded by Rajapaksa and Sons Ltd and their fully owned subsidiary, JO (PLC), had been called off. This was revealed by a company representative at a jointly held news briefing last night. According to the company spokesman, the missile Wijedasa Rajapaksa on its latest test run, had exploded halfway and had crashed in to the sea. People in Hambantota had seen debris of the missile falling into the port last evening. Luckily no one was injured as there were no ships, but the missile was a right off. Inside sources say that the project had been plagued by problems from the beginning and the misguided missile had been destroyed on orders given by the hon. President responding to an urgent request made by UN (P) Forces when they had observed that the missile was making erratic maneuvers and was heading towards their camp.

    Joseph Thursday, 24 August 2017 01:32 PM

    The comments shows how bankrupt the JO is

    r86 Thursday, 24 August 2017 01:54 PM

    bankrupt and how popular via DM Android App

    lion Thursday, 24 August 2017 02:31 PM

    this fool crept in to parliament with great difficulty last time, please give him a full rest this time.

    sss Thursday, 24 August 2017 03:36 PM

    By his deplorable behavior and corruption, this spokesman is of the guys who carried MR to his defeat

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