The United National Party said today it was considering fielding a separate candidate from the UNP at the forthcoming presidential elections.
UNP national leader Ranil Wickremesinghe told a group meeting this morning that Ven. Maduluwawe Sobotha Thera would not contest as the common candidate despite moves to convince him to do so.
Mr. Wickremesinghe suggested countrywide protest should be organised like the ‘Jana Bala Meheyuma’ from June this year against the Government.
He said that another no confidence motion would be presented against the Government apart from the one which was brought today.
Mr. Wickremesinghe said it would be presented because the Government was planning to shift the five casinos which were operating in the country to the proposed Hotel complex at D.R. Wijeyawardane Mavatha by breaking its earlier promise.
“Five casinos are operating in the country right now. Minister Keheliya Rambukwella has said recently that those casinos can be shifted anywhere in the country. So the Government is planning to shift them to the new Hotel complex at D.R. Wijeyawardane Mavatha. This is a breach of confidence as it had earlier claimed that no casinos will be established there,” he said.(Indika Sri Aravinda)