Provincial councilor Prasanna Solangaarachchi said today SLFPers neither understood him nor voted for him at the last general election.
“SLFP supporters did not vote for me. Only my well-wishers, friends and school mates voted for me. If at all there might have only been a handful of SLFPers who voted for me. But I am not angry with them,” he said.
Mr. Solangaarachchi told Daily Mirror that people allowed their emotions to take the upper hand but that though he was defeated, his principles were intact.
“My political principles were not defeated. People defeated me. I have no qualms about my defeat. The parties which joined the UPFA did their best to defeat the SLFPers,” he said.
Mr. Solangaarachchi said former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, who led the UPFA’s election campaign at the general election, defeated them, and that they would work with President Maithripala Sirisena so that they would not be defeated again.
“People rejected us. That is their right. We cannot take it by force. Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa defeated us and we defeated him. So people feel that we are strong. We will work with President Maithripala Sirisena and other party officials to take the party forward,” he said.
Mr.Solangaarachchi said Hirunika Premachandra won the election by contesting on the UNP ticket whereas he had wanted to win the election as a true SLFPer. He congratulated Ms Premachandra on her election victory.
He said they were ready to accept Kuamara Welgama as the opposition leader and that he hoped Mr. Welgama would act with President Maithripala Sirisena and SLFP leaders without going behind defeated leaders.(Sanath Desmond)
GOOD , HONEST , HARDWORKING , UPCOMING LEADER , BUT MR AND THE CLAN ORGANISED A SILENT GAME PLAN TO DESTROY THOSE WHO SUPPORTED MAITHRIPALA IN THE 2015 GENERAL ELECTION
Elite Colombian Wednesday, 26 August 2015 10:38 PM
Yeah right, if he was an MR guy I dont think you would have come up with honest hardworking crap!!Actually CBK edged MS on the silent game plan..
voice Thursday, 27 August 2015 01:02 AM
Sorry but you dug your own grave- stop blaming others! If you think only your friends voted for you, it must occur to you that your political polices are seriously flawed!
Fassey Thursday, 27 August 2015 08:10 AM
People rejected the party not you. If you had joined UNP you would have got votes.
Hari Thursday, 27 August 2015 08:30 AM
Person who is defeated by people and got no seat in parliament advice Welgama who is supposed to be next opposition leader to follow president and work with ruling party instead of opposition members.does he know the difference of opposition and government ?
Wele Vidane Thursday, 27 August 2015 08:31 AM
You badly defeated so must appoint through national list.
WK Costa Thursday, 27 August 2015 08:32 AM
Even the few who voted him this time will not vote him again after hearing this baseless and unwise excuses he is making in public.
lkboy Thursday, 27 August 2015 10:44 AM
How can Welgama be opposition leader and act with the President at the same time? ridiculous!
iemerald Thursday, 27 August 2015 11:36 AM
people used theit brains not their emotions. just accept defeat in the spirit it should and try harder next time without blaming people and looking for excuses.
Harry Thursday, 27 August 2015 05:49 PM
Ah! if so what happened to Rosy?
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