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Sajith to contest general elections from Colombo district

28 February 2020 07:31 am - 9     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Sajith Premadasa, Leader of the newly-formed Samagi Jana Balawegaya and deputy leader of the United National Party (UNP), will contest the upcoming general elections from the Colombo district, sources close to Premadasa told Daily Mirror yesterday.

Mr. Premadasa will lead the campaign of his alliance and will contest from Colombo for the first time and will seek his party's advice in nominating a suitable candidate to contest from his electorate, the Hambantota district.

"He is a national leader, so he cannot lead his party's campaign from Hambantota. He will contest from the Colombo District," an aide close to Premadasa said.

UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe will also contest from the Colombo district, a senior UNP MP close to Wickremesinghe told Daily Mirror earlier this week. he had already informed his party that he will be contesting the elections, amidst reports that he may be offered a national list seat by Sajith Premadasa.

Mr. Wickremesinghe's camp has also maintained that there will be no changes in the electorates of any members and all will contest from their respective constituencies.

Meanwhile, senior UNP MPs said that Ranil and his camp will make a decision at the Working Committee meeting today, if they will accept Sajith's offer to contest from the newly-formed alliance, and if he would attend the launch of the alliance on March 2. (JAMILA HUSAIN)


  Comments - 9

  • Saman Friday, 28 February 2020 08:03 AM

    Why not Hambanthota?

    Varuna Friday, 28 February 2020 02:25 PM

    Why can't you post a similar question to Mahinda Rajapakse? He is a contest from Kurunegala, and this move begs the question "why not Hambanthota?"

    Neville Friday, 28 February 2020 08:09 AM

    A national leader cannot contest from Hambantota ! what nonsense. He has lost all elections at Hambantota. That is the bitter truth.

    Neville Friday, 28 February 2020 08:11 AM

    He will meet his waterloo in Colombo

    cheers Friday, 28 February 2020 08:28 AM

    He lost Hambantota being the presidential candidate and now will loose another in colombo

    Ama Friday, 28 February 2020 12:04 PM

    My vote is certainly for YOU, Sir. All the best

    Das Friday, 28 February 2020 12:09 PM

    Wise decision. After all Colombo is your home. But please nurse Hambantota as well. If not for you there would be no UNP in Hambantota.

    Leo Friday, 28 February 2020 02:04 PM

    Means there is a legitimate issue no?

    ranjit Friday, 28 February 2020 03:47 PM

    Neville - Then why is MR contesting from Kurunagala and not from Hambantota. Is it for the same reason as you mentioned?


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