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I will lead Kurunegala UPFA list: Former CM

25 July 2013 05:08 pm - 25     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Former North-Western Province Chief Minister Atula Wijesinghe said on Thursday the UPFA had not proposed the name of the Chief Ministerial candidate for the upcoming provincial council elections and that he would be leading the team of Kurunegala district UPFA candidates.

Addressing the media at the Kurunegala Janakala auditorium he said the provincial council election was not one held to elect a chief minister. He had convened the media conference to clarify specualtions that he would not be contesting the provincial council election fearing a possible defeat and that his son would contest instead.

“Under the present electoral system any candidate is at liberty to make statements that he would be the chief minister. However the final decision will be taken by the SLFP central committee. The competition among candidates for the post of chief minister is experienced at the provincial council in every province. Any new comers to the party are most welcome. No one would protest against it. My son might have sent in an application to contest under the UPFA ticket. As you already know a father and son would not be allowed to contest for one provincial council. However the people have the right to express diverse views,” he said.

The former Chief Minister stressed that he would not retire from politics as long as the people had trust in him and that he was quite confident of his victory at the up coming provincial council elections. He said the people would decide on the person who should be made the chief minister. (Pushpakumara Jayaratne)

  Comments - 25

  • Jumbuli-jumba Friday, 26 July 2013 06:47 AM

    Instead of unnecessary arguments why not ask for a diplomatic appointment or Chairman post? You will succeed!

    Achchcaru Saturday, 27 July 2013 06:40 AM

    Can Athula sing better?

    razi Friday, 26 July 2013 05:42 PM

    all crossovers should be taught a lesson let it start now

    Hubert Friday, 26 July 2013 04:28 PM

    they know the results before the election

    Hubert Friday, 26 July 2013 04:26 PM

    eliminate one as well

    Hubert Friday, 26 July 2013 04:24 PM

    No Hope spineless representing with a pseudo name

    ananda Friday, 26 July 2013 02:32 PM

    that is why they vote for paba than senior unpers

    srinath.gunaratne Friday, 26 July 2013 12:48 PM

    Arinna epa machan, Ganin Kaduwa, Pitin evilla umbe thana ganna hadanawa. (Only if they kill each other, we will have a better future)

    xy Friday, 26 July 2013 12:38 PM

    Daysiri Maharajas choice.

    Kamal Friday, 26 July 2013 07:57 AM

    Isn't it a bit too late to be going around looking for people with brains? Have you seen the latest reports on the financial situation of Sri Lanka?

    Good luck people, you are going to need it!!!

    KaluSudha Friday, 26 July 2013 06:57 AM

    Getting jittery eh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Bakathapas Friday, 26 July 2013 06:55 AM

    Poor chap ... just trying to lead the list ....but surely not the number of votes.

    KaluSudha Friday, 26 July 2013 06:54 AM

    Super comment!!!!!!!!!!

    yehiya Thursday, 25 July 2013 05:19 PM

    This time entire nation is want to see the Wayamba people having brain or not?

    PISSU Friday, 26 July 2013 06:21 AM

    Then what about Dayasisiri

    Erantha Perera Friday, 26 July 2013 06:15 AM

    Who is this ? First time hearing of this name...

    Andrew Pitugala Friday, 26 July 2013 06:01 AM

    Good. The fight has already started.
    Better to have boxing bouts than elections.
    Saves time and money.
    In fact you can sell tickets and make it profitable.

    Lucy Friday, 26 July 2013 05:50 AM

    Is he sying that Dayasiri is talking through his hat?

    janak Friday, 26 July 2013 05:42 AM


    Upul Friday, 26 July 2013 05:06 AM

    Most educated people like teachers, doctors living in Gampaha District and we now see how their choice. Kurunegala also living the same caliber of people. will now see their choice ???

    Nandana Friday, 26 July 2013 04:37 AM

    Well said Sir.................

    No Hope Friday, 26 July 2013 04:37 AM

    People have brains. But Ranil and the clan has not. So what is the requirement of using the brain ???

    bigsam Friday, 26 July 2013 04:36 AM

    Too many Chiefs, too little Indians!

    Chipmunk Friday, 26 July 2013 04:33 AM

    Bogus media hype as they can't swallow the bitter pill of Hon. Dayasiri Jayasekara leaving the UNP and joining the ruling party.

    Buwa Friday, 26 July 2013 04:07 AM

    Hey! Old fart submit the retirement papers and spend your time with kneeler member.

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