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Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Kalutara District MP Kumara Welgama has decided to contest the upcoming presidential election as an independent candidate representing the organisation to protect the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, organisation Secretary Rajika Kodithuwakku said today.

Speaking to Daily Mirror, he said it was 100% sure that MP Welgama would enter the presidential battlefield as it seemed that the SLFP was not going to field its own candidate.

“It has been decided that the SLFP would hold a crucial central committee meeting this Saturday as to decide whether they can come to a final conclusion to contest the presidential polls under a common symbol with the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna SLPP,” Kodithuwakku said.

“If the SLFP decided to ally with the SLPP to run the presidency, we would definitely field Mr Welgama as our candidate,” Kodithuwakku said.

He proceeded to say that making a cash deposit at Elections Commission would be done on October 6 or 7 and it would be decided based on the decision taken by the SLFP tomorrow.

“If the SLFP decides to field its own candidate, we have no other option but to support SLFP candidate,” Kodithuwakku added.

MP Kumara Welgama has said on numerous occasions that he was ready to accept the presidential candidacy and contest if his name would be nominated by the party. He has raised the importance of fielding an SLFP candidate and had met with President Sirisena to discuss the matter.

Meanwhile, SLFP Spokesperson MP Weerakumara Dissanayake told the Daily Mirror that they had nothing to do with MP Welgama contesting the presidential poll and stressed that they would not field MP Welgama as SLFP candidate at any cost.

Several attempts by the Daily Mirror to contact MP Welgama proved to be futile. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

  Comments - 15

  • Yankee Dude Friday, 04 October 2019 06:05 AM

    One man with a backbone . Win or Loose is not the issue but simply letting one family to rule forever must be stopped at all costs .

    Cobra Friday, 04 October 2019 06:55 AM

    Another one?

    Venom Friday, 04 October 2019 07:00 AM

    Pintos, palominos, Appaloosas, Arabian, the works- all taking part in the race!

    Sinnathamby Nagiah Friday, 04 October 2019 07:17 AM

    In spite of criticism in some areas, he is a better and honest man for the post.

    ANTON Friday, 04 October 2019 07:34 AM

    Pow neda meya

    Merry Friday, 04 October 2019 08:39 AM

    More the merrier!!!!

    Simon Friday, 04 October 2019 09:48 AM

    Welgama is a man of good principals and stands for the truth and what he believes. He is also a political veteran, not a novice, bold and unafraid to meet any challenge.

    Yankee Dude Friday, 04 October 2019 10:40 AM

    GOOD . Thank you Sir , Dont let SLFP evaporate and let family politics be a business in SL .

    TONY Friday, 04 October 2019 11:51 AM


    M. Karunapala Friday, 04 October 2019 12:22 PM

    Very good move by a straight forward Gent. like Welgama. Yes, though he cannot win, he can split the SLPP votes for sure.

    Freddy Friday, 04 October 2019 12:23 PM

    If Sirisena or SLFP is not bothered about you, why not you join with Sajith? He will offer you the best Ministerial Portfolio.

    Felix Alexandar Friday, 04 October 2019 12:25 PM

    Don't trust My3pala or Dayasiri, you get in to the field and fight and win. Masses are with you Sir.

    L.P. Mendis Friday, 04 October 2019 12:27 PM

    Jayawewa.... Jayawewa..... you are the right man.

    Jayanatha Friday, 04 October 2019 12:28 PM

    MR had slapped all his henchmen when he was in the power, I presume that you and GL escaped, this is the reality. Correct??????

    Devinda Uduwara Friday, 04 October 2019 02:53 PM

    The man living with the common community.

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