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While claiming that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa would definitely contest the upcoming general elections as a Prime Ministerial candidate, his spokesman Rohan Weliwita today said that Mr. Rajapaksa was yet to decide under which party he would contest.

He said that the former President was optimistic that he would be given nomination by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) to contest under the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) or the People's Alliance (PA). 

“The reports that President and SLFP Chairman Maithripala Sirisena had rejected nominations for Mr. Rajapaksa are not yet confirmed. MPs Susil Premejayantha and Anura Priyadarshana Yapa are still trying to get the nominations for Mr. Rajapaksa,” he said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

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  • nalaka Tuesday, 02 June 2015 06:01 PM

    maththala rajapaksa party MRP

    Premalal Tuesday, 02 June 2015 06:09 PM


    mahinda Tuesday, 02 June 2015 06:15 PM

    maythree betrayed the leader and the party on Jan 08 2015. As the sectary of the party he should have resigned if MR ill treated without going against all norms of Administration.He cut the throat of his Boss. Boss is always the Boss whether he is right or wrong. Thats the MOTO of the prospering private sector.

    Mason Tuesday, 02 June 2015 06:17 PM

    Let discards be discards. Stay away without polluting and corrupting politics.

    King kong Tuesday, 02 June 2015 06:17 PM

    Definitely he will be the winner .

    gamaraala Tuesday, 02 June 2015 06:21 PM

    Greed for power and wealth... No other words to explain this madness and stupidity.

    ShootingStar Tuesday, 02 June 2015 06:29 PM

    Hey, I too am definitely going to contest for the Prime Minister post. Here I come!!!

    aawrrasb Tuesday, 02 June 2015 06:41 PM

    Those who voted for MY3 within SLFP will vote for MR this time regardless of the party which MR may contest. via DM Android App

    Amila Tuesday, 02 June 2015 06:40 PM

    How about other family members? Are they going to form new parties?

    Bala Tuesday, 02 June 2015 06:45 PM

    Why not start a new party Helping Self and Sycophants Party. (HSSP). Sure that Dinesh Wimal Vasu Udaya and Prasanna R will vote for him.

    Dilip Tuesday, 02 June 2015 06:48 PM

    Mr. President, I can understand your refusal to let Mr. Mahinda contest from the UPFA. Your party will split in two, and this is exectly what the UNP wants.What ever party Mr. Mahinda will win,and then you either join him or the UNP.UPFA People will be very grateful to you for splitting the party.With all these wrong political manoeuvres by you the country will go back thirty years. As you said after this term you will leave politics. You may be rich,but the poor people have to live.

    mountain Tuesday, 02 June 2015 06:55 PM

    MR cant appoint as PM. Because 19th amendments rejects it. Constitution says that if a President dies PM have to take over the post of President. MR cant be third term President. via DM Android App

    Krisnan Tuesday, 02 June 2015 06:58 PM

    MR can defeat UNP, not because he is good. But, UNP also corrupt more than UPFA "HORU" where cover-up by the SPolice Junta of SUN V which now challenge at the Supreme Court

    Citizen Tuesday, 02 June 2015 06:58 PM

    We need MR and Gota to rescue Sri Lanka once again from economic disaster. You have already rescued us from terrorists and this time you have to rescue us from economic disaster.

    gayan Tuesday, 02 June 2015 07:25 PM

    Time to send the police junta home.

    Ivor Pereira Tuesday, 02 June 2015 07:32 PM

    Mahinda Rajapakse was rejected at the January 2015 Presidential Elections. Why on earth do you want to bring him back. The masses do not want him.

    RW Tuesday, 02 June 2015 07:35 PM

    You seriously need a psychiatrist

    SLCitizen Tuesday, 02 June 2015 07:36 PM

    Only one that saved Sri lanka from economic disaster was Ranil in 2001, He sent the negatice GDP growth back to positive

    Cyril n Tuesday, 02 June 2015 07:39 PM

    What a disgusting greed for power and this what will set the motion for his further destruction.

    lalith Tuesday, 02 June 2015 07:48 PM

    this is a panikkiyage wadak. they cant survive without MR. MR should have taken a decision himself. via DM Android App

    Suda Tuesday, 02 June 2015 07:46 PM

    Mahinda their are donkeys like you still standing on head!!!

    Dayan Tuesday, 02 June 2015 07:48 PM

    Yes SL is leading the so called failed state label in world shortly.

    Upul Tuesday, 02 June 2015 07:48 PM

    If your theory applicable to RW he should have retired from politics by now as he was rejected by voters many time.

    Fassey Tuesday, 02 June 2015 07:50 PM

    Not under SLFP. Contest under "Welicha Wattakka" symbol with vasu.

    OMG Tuesday, 02 June 2015 07:52 PM

    Oh God save our beloved country from these blood sucking monsters.

    Indrajit Tuesday, 02 June 2015 07:55 PM

    Mahinda, for your information there is no boss for party in decomcratic country.

    mohamed Tuesday, 02 June 2015 08:01 PM

    thief try to come back for power what kind of man he is no principals power greedy shy to talk about this man

    Cobra Tuesday, 02 June 2015 08:04 PM

    This is nothing but thanhawa or his so called pals are leading him on to oblivion!!!

    Dinithi Tuesday, 02 June 2015 08:08 PM

    62 lakhs rejected him. 58 lakhs accepted him. That is not an outright rejection. If you put that logic Ranil who is rejected many times should not be in politics either.

    Lasitha Tuesday, 02 June 2015 08:16 PM

    Well, Sri Lanka is not a Private Company, it is a country run under democratic rule. He is NOT the boss... the parliament and the people are the BOSS. The mistake here is assuming the president is the Boss

    Dammika Tuesday, 02 June 2015 08:17 PM

    MR should start a new party and we can give a name. RFP meaning Rajapakse Family Party ; DP meaning Donkey Party are two good candidates!!!

    Push Tuesday, 02 June 2015 08:35 PM

    MR’s greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts him in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction. In recent times he is the inventor of injustice as well as its implementer.

    Damien Tuesday, 02 June 2015 08:40 PM

    Great sir we are ready to dedicate ourselves to your campaign and bring you back to power

    Jiten Tuesday, 02 June 2015 09:05 PM

    Mahinda Rajapaksas era is over. Sri Lankan Citizens should move with their lives without listening to rouges and thieves such as Rajapaksa clan. What a waste of space.

    johns frazer Tuesday, 02 June 2015 09:12 PM

    If you are a gentlemen please retire allow the younger generation to run the partyvoters rejected you why are y coming back ??

    Dee Tuesday, 02 June 2015 09:24 PM

    What a shameless man!

    TONY Tuesday, 02 June 2015 09:26 PM


    TONY Tuesday, 02 June 2015 09:29 PM


    salma Tuesday, 02 June 2015 09:48 PM

    very good news via DM Android App

    garawi Tuesday, 02 June 2015 09:44 PM

    These MR SLFPers are dreaming that he gets to becomet the President again! The request was rejected twice! So wake up!

    Loha hora Tuesday, 02 June 2015 09:53 PM

    Stealing billions still he wants to come into politics to safe guard his pawul paksa from all the corruptions and also to earn billions again to deposit in the bank

    One thing will Happen for Sure Tuesday, 02 June 2015 09:58 PM

    If president M3, give a chance to him, president will be the looser in every way. now he is looking for hole to enter and make his space bigger with pawul paksa and thugs around him

    AneyOi Tuesday, 02 June 2015 10:01 PM

    MR took the chance and called every project started by Ranil as "Mahinda Chinthanaya". We now know about that liar

    jason Tuesday, 02 June 2015 10:03 PM

    Let him contest..He has a right to contest...only thing is he is going to embarrass himself and go out in shame when he loses so very badly...He will not even come in the top 5...

    Ajay Tuesday, 02 June 2015 10:03 PM

    MR should contest and deservs to be part of the country leadership. In my view, he is one of the few political leaders who considers "COUNTRY FIRST". He may have done mistakes (who did not? Who is not corrupt?), BUT he is the ONLY leader who delivered what Sri Lankans needed most; i.e. Elimination of LTTE.Others can talk about 5-star democracy, but what they do is following orders from INGOs and Other powerful countries who have their own agenda. They talk about human rights, BUT they DID NOT deliver the most important human right....i.e. Right To Live when the LTTE was sending car bombs to Colombo!!!!I hope most Sri Lankans will realize that MR was the one who protected their most basic human right.

    Perera Tuesday, 02 June 2015 10:12 PM

    Mahinda is not the president and the comment Mahinda is mad as our Politian who now supports MR.

    jolly bird Tuesday, 02 June 2015 10:30 PM


    KingofHongKong Tuesday, 02 June 2015 10:33 PM

    If he wins we will be see police officers being stoned to death!

    Maya Tuesday, 02 June 2015 10:39 PM

    If some how MR becomes PM, then he has the money to buy MPs to change the law. Remember MY3 can not dissolve parliament for 4.5 years. So it will be a story of giving little room to a Camel in the tent for it take all and chase the owner away.

    Maya Tuesday, 02 June 2015 10:42 PM

    Problem for MR is, he was disliked by the West and also by India.

    Maya Tuesday, 02 June 2015 10:44 PM

    Come on Upul, RW was defeated trying to get the top job while MR was defeated trying to keep it which is more humiliating that the former.

    zingo cola Tuesday, 02 June 2015 10:47 PM


    Sam Tuesday, 02 June 2015 11:40 PM

    It is in sane the one who betrayed the party is deciding who is contesting. THe biggest mistake MR did was to give chairmenship of SLFP to MS. He was not SLFP elected candidate so there was no reason to give that post despite he is the president of the country. Hope SLFP constitution will be strengthed as well to avoid such drama in future. @ Premalal - Despration is lossing 29 elections and still holding to the leadership of a party. What is that called? People who talk about Shame what do they have to tell about that. Ranil so called pure Buddhist why he did not give up. Guys lets talk sense...guys who come to politics are power hungry. there are no saints. Including MS to SF to Anura Kumara..all they do is to get in to power. Some serve country..some not at all..@ SUda mind you there are 58 laks of donkeys and it takes only 2.5 laks of intelligent people to be donkeys to turn the sense a General election the story is even favorable for MR..

    Sam Tuesday, 02 June 2015 11:41 PM

    @ Indrajith.. - This must be the pure democratic countries even MS was referring to in one speech ...he said in modern democratic countries national governements are the ones being followed..I am sorry i can recall any such prominant country ..India ..UK.. US..Germany,..Norway( the people who teaches us Yahapalanaya)..none of these countries..

    Sam Tuesday, 02 June 2015 11:41 PM

    @ Mason - Politics is corrupted anyway ...Do you think the guys in UNP is real white heros..Just an example..What did Ravi did to Sathosa...? Was not Ranil aware of what he was doing can we call Ranil a white person..WHy Ranil is so fond of Sagala...any reason..he is a real genius ??...We need to change the system ..true..but answer is not preventing MR ..@ Gamarala..refer my notes on greediness above...

    Sam Tuesday, 02 June 2015 11:42 PM

    UNP gang things they are best intelligent people in this country..but how come they did not manage to win a single election for a long long time...apart from the 2001 change..which triggered by Bandula, SB cross over due to Chandrika madness...that wave got them to power but Ranil did not realize until Chandirika slapped we call him genius once again...

    Voter Tuesday, 02 June 2015 11:52 PM

    His ultimate goal is to stop the investigations into the plundering of peoples wealth done by them via DM Android App

    Sarath Wednesday, 03 June 2015 12:08 AM

    ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂය තව දුරටත් පැවතීමේ වාස්තවික තත්වයක් නොමැති හෙයින් එම පක්ෂය විනාශ වීම ඉතිහාසය විසින් තීරණය කර ඇති යථාර්තයයි. ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදී සමාජ වටපිටාවක වැඩවසම් ලක්ෂණ සහිත පටු ජාතිවාදී දේශපාලන බලවේගයකට පැවතීමේ හැකියාවක් නොමැත.

    Namal Perera Wednesday, 03 June 2015 12:54 AM

    shameless.. we are not surprised at all. If he believe that he can save his immediate and extended families and the crooks associated with the family, from prosecution for what they have done to our Mother Lanka, by returning to active politics, he is sadly mistaken.

    Amila. G Wednesday, 03 June 2015 12:57 AM


    Jayalath Wednesday, 03 June 2015 01:56 AM

    It is race against time to reelect former president. I disagree with certain groups and people who deny his come back . Some are throughly against about it ,but he has to be reinstated . There are no one here to tarnish his good work and reputation that he earned last ten years .however ,I would be wrong if I did not say that he made mistakes in some areas . But his mistakes I see as not as bad as this nutters . I listened to a speech of Sirisena front of volanteers who served to country during the war and he praised them for all the hard work done by them , but he never ever said a word about Rajapasa who gave leaderships to eradicate terrorism

    Cheers Wednesday, 03 June 2015 03:36 AM

    We will vote for a strong candidate like you need of the hour

    Naga Wednesday, 03 June 2015 03:59 AM

    Desperate situations require desperate measures.

    Nims Wednesday, 03 June 2015 04:30 AM

    If fail to win try the local government elections.

    Punchirala Wednesday, 03 June 2015 04:45 AM

    His only qualification is defeating LTTE and from the same electorate as Sanath who also wanted to cling to the team after the term is over.

    pala Wednesday, 03 June 2015 05:13 AM

    So "keen" to be my servant.

    ravi Wednesday, 03 June 2015 05:23 AM

    when I read some of these comments I think some of these idiots deserve rogues like MR and the rest. via DM Android App

    Sharon Wednesday, 03 June 2015 05:52 AM

    Welcome Sir. The country is waiting to correct the mistake they did on 8th Jan. via DM Android App

    Kiris Baba Amaray Wednesday, 03 June 2015 06:37 AM

    Fool are you dreaming?

    Bubble Banda Wednesday, 03 June 2015 06:38 AM

    Fly a kite putha.... Aiyo King Kong!!!

    Horri Jimonis Wednesday, 03 June 2015 06:40 AM

    His dream is to get into the temple trees and live forever earning illegally. Stupid raskol.

    Desmond Jeromme Wednesday, 03 June 2015 06:41 AM

    For such people even if he dies, he no-one will be there to offer him a drop of water.

    Kiris Baba Amaray Wednesday, 03 June 2015 06:45 AM

    Yes, the new parties name should be - Horunge Ekkatuwetcha Kaliya...(HEK)

    Horri Jimonis Wednesday, 03 June 2015 06:49 AM

    MR only knows how to rob the country, he is not bothered about the constitution.

    J Palitha Wednesday, 03 June 2015 06:51 AM

    People know how MR looted SriLanka. Will they vote for him.

    Desmond Jeromme Wednesday, 03 June 2015 06:52 AM

    God will surely reward the robbers in due course.

    Bubble Banda Wednesday, 03 June 2015 06:53 AM

    Mahinda for heaven sake keep away from politics, its a very bad time for you. (Astrologer)

    J Palitha Wednesday, 03 June 2015 06:54 AM

    MR you are going to dig your own pit and heading for the hell soon.

    Frank Wednesday, 03 June 2015 06:55 AM

    All my friends in all parties, there is no reason at all to hate MR so much ! There is so much in the good side than the bad side - except for some.. you know. Surely you have been misguided. Think neutral :-)

    Voter Wednesday, 03 June 2015 07:09 AM

    MRs only way to spend the plundered money before they are unearthed is to contest and spend on buying votes. via DM Android App

    dulan Wednesday, 03 June 2015 07:25 AM

    Why not Basil?

    dulan Wednesday, 03 June 2015 07:27 AM

    MR will say he never said this!

    Henry Wednesday, 03 June 2015 07:45 AM

    All current politicians are struggling for the same!

    Henry Wednesday, 03 June 2015 07:52 AM

    Why all this panicking let him contest and allow the people decide

    S B Lokuge Wednesday, 03 June 2015 08:16 AM

    How true. How many times Ranil was discarded. Lost count.

    S B Lokuge Wednesday, 03 June 2015 08:17 AM

    Yes. Ranil must be shitting in his pants

    samantha Perera Wednesday, 03 June 2015 08:42 AM

    This is good news for the country

    acn Wednesday, 03 June 2015 08:49 AM

    Are you MR?

    Wildwine Wednesday, 03 June 2015 09:51 AM

    This is the dumbest thing he can do. He should lie low; see how it goes for the next 05 years; might be able to make a comeback then. This move is going to be a disaster for the country. We will end up with a hung parliament and nothing will move forward.

    lakshman illangakoon Wednesday, 03 June 2015 10:45 AM

    He must be using his candidature as a bargaining chip to avoid investigation s I feel

    upali Wednesday, 03 June 2015 10:57 AM

    Welcome Sir, You will be the prime minister definitely with the massive public support as now the country is going bad to worst.

    sadees Wednesday, 03 June 2015 11:04 AM

    All the Culprits wanted to be safeguarded. Thats why they are trying soo hard. Poor Public for the last 10 years brain washed with Glyphosite chemicals should take note of it.

    Mason Wednesday, 03 June 2015 11:21 AM

    MR wants to contest and win that he and his stooges could stay out of jail, as well as rob the country further. The people do not want to make up the stolen revenue by way of more and more taxes.It is the duty of the UNP, JHU, JVP, TNA, SLMC and like minded parties to have the people informed by canvassing from grass-roots.

    das Wednesday, 03 June 2015 11:23 AM

    Are you MR?

    Agbo Karunaratne Wednesday, 03 June 2015 11:35 AM

    Man Loves HIS Country ....... A REAL PATRIOT!!

    Namal Perera Wednesday, 03 June 2015 12:20 PM

    Shameless JOKER !!!!

    vithu Wednesday, 03 June 2015 01:31 PM

    mr enough is enough. please be at home and take rest.. what do u have done for this country. you also know dat. accept it via DM Android App

    Gobba Wednesday, 03 June 2015 01:54 PM

    You need a Brain scan Ajay.

    Gobba Wednesday, 03 June 2015 01:56 PM

    Fool, MY3 reduced his powers HIMSELF so dont call him POWER HUNGRY.

    Gobba Wednesday, 03 June 2015 02:00 PM

    You just SOILED the respect for the REAL PATRIOT, not these Crooked PATRIOTS.Remember PATRIOTISM is the REFUGE of the SCOUNDREL.

    Sharon Wednesday, 03 June 2015 03:51 PM

    If the man who liberated the country is a Joker, what would you call yourself....

    S B Lokuge Wednesday, 03 June 2015 03:56 PM

    The famous discard Ranil came from the back door.

    S B Lokuge Wednesday, 03 June 2015 03:58 PM

    Sirisena has no choice as he takes orders from the two Modies.

    Harry Wednesday, 03 June 2015 05:22 PM

    Your name correctly represent your views

    damith Friday, 05 June 2015 06:59 AM

    hope he is not depending on his astro and the little manthare he has in his hand.

    fayaz Friday, 05 June 2015 10:53 AM

    That qualification whioch is mentioned also is a qualification stolen from someone else,The field marshal did the job for him,Mara put him in jail and took the credit

    mabayase Saturday, 06 June 2015 08:29 AM

    Hi Mahindayou power hungry clown retire , you do not have any shame OR VALUES , YOU ARE JOKE

    Magnificat Monday, 08 June 2015 06:46 AM

    "He has put down the mighty from their seat and exalted them of low degree"

    polished Monday, 08 June 2015 07:52 AM

    These journos should be put in Jail, for even promoting what this thief is saying

    jayalath Monday, 08 June 2015 08:30 AM

    MR is corrupt,he owns Marriot in Dubai,4 billion hidden in in the Dubai and ivory coast Banks,and also has carries the murders of Lasantha wickresinghe and 2 mulkirigala murder investigations

    garawi Monday, 08 June 2015 06:33 PM

    Yes, send him on! We are waiting!

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