Dhanuna Thilakaratne, who was mired in controversy during the last Presidential Election, would contest at the upcoming General Elections from the Democratic Party led by Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror Thilakarathne said that he had decided to contest the elections in order to strengthen the Democratic Party as it lacked a second tier.
“I will contest from Colombo East in order to strengthen the Democratic Party led by Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka and intend winning the seat,” he said.
He said that he intended on increasing the present vote base of the party.
“The party received close to 98,000 votes during the previous election and I intend improving this further.”
Thilakarathne earlier was married to the eldest daughter of Fonseka with whom he separated recently.
He was also accused and indicted in many cases under the previous regime and was in hiding until his re- emergence in December last year.
In an interview with the Daily Mirror Thilakarathne said he was a part of a witch hunt of the previous regime and was compelled to evade arrest.
When questioned about nominations being granted to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Thilakarathne remained philosophical.
“I oppose nominations being given to him. But if nominations are given to him they should stop slandering him and accusing him. You can’t accuse him and grant nominations both at the same time,” he said. (Sanath Desmond)