While saying he was opposed to Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Basil Rajapaksa contesting the general elections under the UPFA or the SLFP, DLF Leader Vasudeva Nanayakkara said he was helpless if the alliance nominated them.
He said former President Rajapaksa was certain to be the prime minister of the new government to be formed after the elections.
Mr. Nanayakkara said Mr. Rajapaksa would not be disqualified to act as President under the 19th Amendment in the event of President Maithripala Sirisena being unseated through an impeachment motion.
Mr. Rajapaksa would serve for a limited period of time in an acting capacity until parliament finds an MP to serve as executive president for the rest of the term after the ouster of President Sirisena.
He told the media that the attempts made by the constituent partners of the previous UPFA government including the SLFP and the DLF to bring the group supporting Rajapaksa back to the SLFP were extremely successful.
"I have no doubt that the entire SLFP will unite under the SLFP-led by President Maithripala Sirisena by the time the election is due and contest under one flag to win the election and form the next government. During the re-unification of the two factions, about 5% of the SLFP will join the UNP but the UPFA led by the united SLFP is capable of winning the election under the leadership of President Sirisena and Mr. Rajapaksa and emerge victorious to form a strong government," Mr. Nanayakkara said.
He said Mr. Rajapaksa was his own enemy and did not listen to advice and this resulted in his downfall.
"The leftist parties in the UPFA and I opposed the impeachment of former Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayaka, the introduction of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution and the attack on Muslims at Alutgama by the Bodu Bala Sena goons backed by former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa. We also wanted Mr. Rajapaksa to bring down the cost of living by reducing prices of essential commodities to give relief to the poor. But unfortunately, he did not listen to us thus leading to his own down fall," Mr. Nanayakkara said.
Responding to a journalist whether it was proper to bring back Rajapaksa as the prime minister after all the negative marks against him, Mr. Nanayakkara said Mr. Rajapaksa was made to do what he could not despite his follies, he had done much for the country including winning the war against terrorism, and holding elections in the Northern Province.
"He is the voice against capitalism. He is the leader of the down trodden and the proletariat. But I admit that there are many things that should have been done by the Rajapaksa regime but had failed. I am totally against bringing back Gotabaya and Basil because they were the main architects of the debacle," he charged.
Commenting on the 20th Amendment, Mr. Nanayakkara said the general elections must be conducted under the new electoral system.
"The DLF wants the new Parliament to be limited to 250 seats comprising 200 under the First-Past-the-Post System and 50 on the national list.
Commenting on his verbal clash with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe last week, Mr. Nanayakkara said he was provoked by Mr. Wickremesinghe interrupting him when he was on his feet on a Point of Order and added that he had no intention of apologising to Mr. Wickremesinghe over the matter.(Sandun A Jayasekera)
We are lucky that this saviour of the downtrodden has woken up from a 10 year coma. Looks like he is now developing verbal diarrhoea.
dried pumkin Tuesday, 26 May 2015 06:47 PM
Now he is mentally worrying anney apitta mokadawane apata mokada une .....Dan inda tanakut na ya nda tanakut na.. Like electric shot man
honda waday Tuesday, 26 May 2015 06:52 PM
Hondat wadey dried pumpkin ta ..ha.ma patanma dan annaagata. Lastbwek RW akat......No bizzle or viZILLE or gota can contest by holding us citizen .ALSO WE WILL NOT ALLOW THE THIEVES N CULPRITS
clyde Mario Tuesday, 26 May 2015 07:21 PM
This fellow is living in a fantasy World.Welichcha Wattakka Gediyak by the PM is too light for this fellow who has no self respect at all.
Sri Lankan Tuesday, 26 May 2015 07:35 PM
Dried pumpkins are like that !!!!
Independent Observer Wednesday, 27 May 2015 04:38 AM
"Mr. Rajapaksa would serve for a limited period of time in an acting capacity until parliament finds an MP to serve as executive president for the rest of the term after the ouster of President Sirisena." So this is the secret plan !!!
rana Wednesday, 27 May 2015 05:36 AM
You are now outdated. Please retire on your own before we send you home.
Abraham Wednesday, 27 May 2015 06:01 AM
This what I heard from a group of people, this conspiracy to impeach the President is a very dangerous move by Vasu and Co. We must urge people to protest against such a conspiracy plot by Pro-MR to oust Maithri-Ranil Government.
J Palitha Wednesday, 27 May 2015 08:47 AM
Rotten Egg is the right term - is it OK.
Nihal Amarasekera Wednesday, 27 May 2015 10:13 AM
What worth is Vasu, if not for all this hullabaloo.
Calistus Jayatilleke Wednesday, 27 May 2015 03:11 PM
Just like dried pumpkins have no market value, this geriatric has also passed the sell-by-date with a wide margin.
Vasa Thursday, 28 May 2015 10:33 AM
Vasu,Dinesh,both of you are not worth the dust that settled on the shoes of NM,Colvin,Pieter and Phillip.
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