Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa today said Minister Sajith Premadasa was not a challenge to them at the presidential election and asked how a person who could not even win the Tissamaharama electorate and Hambantota, could win the entire country.
He expressed these views in response to the questions asked by journalists at the Opposition Leader’s Office.
When asked for his comments over the UNP Working Committee nominating Minister Sajith Premadasa's name as the presidential candidate, Mr. Rajapaksa said he was extremely happy.
Q: What kind of challenge would it pose?
A: No challenge at all, that's what we expected. I always was of the opinion that Sajith should contest.
Q: Does this mean he can’t win?
A: ‘Mona Pissuda’! What nonsense! How can a person who can't even win the Tissamaharama electorate and Hambantoda, win the entire country?
Q: He has been given conditions?
A: Yes, even the elephant symbol of the UNP has not been given to him. He has to contest under the swan symbol, the symbol which was given to Mr. Sarath Fonseka and President Maithripala Sirisena. They were not UNPers so that was fine. But Sajith is the UNP Deputy Leader. He should have been given the elephant symbol.
He said the nomination of Mr. Premadasa as UNP presidential candidate was no disadvantage at all to the SLPP and said they had no competition at all.
When asked whether he would be the Prime Minister in the event Gotabaya Rajapaksa was elected President, Mr. Rajapaksa said, “We'll see, we'll see.” (Lahiru Pothmulla)
Ranjit Friday, 27 September 2019 04:54 PM
As if though Gota had won many elections.
Sarath Friday, 27 September 2019 05:02 PM
Hambantota doesn't reflect opinion in country! Watch and see. SP for president!
Ela Kiri Friday, 27 September 2019 05:06 PM
You will be very surprised....
Sofia Friday, 27 September 2019 05:27 PM
But then Gota has not contested ANY election at all. So how can you compare Sajith doing so well in your lion's den of hambantota.
NimalU Friday, 27 September 2019 05:31 PM
Tissamaharama electorate and Hambanthota does not represent the entire Sri Lankan electorate. Sajith is not contesting from the UNP. He is contesting from the UNF. That's why the swan symbol. After all, how can he say Sajith is a challenge?
Anmanpan Friday, 27 September 2019 05:36 PM
Why are you answering questions that need to be answered by the bud candidate? Which electorate has Gota won?
Aney Yako Friday, 27 September 2019 08:54 PM
The Rajapaksa empire must be stopped! They were the downfall of Sri Lanka before and they will be the downfall once again!
True Citizen Friday, 27 September 2019 09:23 PM
I have 2 questions to Gota. We hope you would answer consciously 1. Do you have voting rights in Sri Lanka? 2. Are you a member of SLPP, which has fielded you as the presidential candidate?
Dee Sunday, 29 September 2019 07:57 AM
We are talking of Sri Lankan elections, not California state elections!
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