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Don’t make Presidential election a regime changing poll: Vajira

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Colombo, April 18 (Daily Mirror) - People should not make the 2024 Presidential election a regime changing poll as it has to be one which elects a custodian for the nation, UNP Chairman Vajira Abeywardana said today. 

"The Presidential election should be one which elects a custodian who is capable of making Sri Lanka a stable country. Incumbent President Ranil Wickremesinghe is the only leader who has such a capability. People can use the  general election to bring about a regime change. They can send all 225 MPs home including me at the general election, the MP told a briefing. 

Asked whether people will accept  Wickremesinghe as a good custodian, the MP said such an eventuality will be obvious. 

"Most of you don't see what is happening behind the scenes. Therefore you  have to wait and see what will happen at the Presidential election," he said. 

Meanwhile, Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) Beliatta organizer Druvin Pravin Athapatthu joined the UNP today and obtained his membership from the UNP Chairman.

Pix by Pradeep Pathirana


  Comments - 25

  • Rip Winkle Thursday, 18 April 2024 09:53 PM

    Seriously? And who on earth is going to give a darn about what a self serving politician says?

    Impression of a Fool's paradise to leaders Friday, 19 April 2024 07:54 AM

    Remember. Once upon a time, Lankans were singing the praise of Sirima and NM.Perara, in May day rallies and election campaigns, which gave a fool's paradise impression to them. When election came in 1972 they were all bundled out. Our guys are capable of taking the leaders for a ride!

    Revamping Needed Thursday, 18 April 2024 10:11 PM

    Just shut up and let the voters to decide. Over so many decades, this system of governance has not brought any upgrading of SL to a developed country. Only its has fattened some of the politicians monetarily. Majority of the citizens are suffering and the stress level for families with young children are bursting to the seems. A regime change is necessary or this suffering of the people will continue. Only you politicians and supporters will continue living your luxurious lifestyle if the current governance continues.

    Jayantha Thursday, 18 April 2024 10:28 PM

    Lol. Look at that fellow.Likely to expire very soon. Probably good for sjb too.

    Abd Thursday, 18 April 2024 11:38 PM

    This guy is political wheeler dealer, and his wish is to continue this government as long as without facing any election,he knows well his party ,in which he is the chairman, will not win a single seat as earlier election,so he keep on pleading with public to help him to keep this government,in which he can earn using his expertise in corruption ,

    Prince Friday, 19 April 2024 12:30 AM

    What does he mean by sending home 225 MPs including him. The present president and himself was sent home. It's just a pinna chance that RW became president as a custodian of the Rajapakshas. Even now the SLPP is clinging onto RW as no one is excepting the crooks. Vajira is sure that RW will never come back by voting. He never won either. RW has sold a majority of the countries assets and will sell the rest when the election draws near.

    ACA Friday, 19 April 2024 12:35 AM

    Hopefully we may not see these jokers for good after the presidential election?

    Vote power Friday, 19 April 2024 01:21 AM

    Looks like the politicians came to begging standard, this is what the public vote power. The public has seen and experienced the worst in this country by keep electing the same lots, so nothing to fear now by regime change which is need for the country. Only criminals have to fear.

    Gt Friday, 19 April 2024 01:23 AM

    No what is needed is to completely eradicate corruption and murders for votes, current president has done nothing to change the corrupt political system, he has only helped those who committed crimes against every civilian in sri lanka, by hiding the truth, giving people with criminal backgrounds or cases pending positions of power, stifled our right to protest or express ourselves, if it keeps going we should zip our mouths, tie our hands, just let them take everything that makes us humans away from us, so they can Rob us more and more, and if we object to being robbed, baam slammed with bs laws and end up in jail or dead beaten by police

    Nodaking kalakanniya Friday, 19 April 2024 02:07 AM

    Yes, let’s bring back the incompetent self serving dinasaurs to wreck the country for another 40 years.

    Ranils poodle Friday, 19 April 2024 02:11 AM

    Vajira, why don’t you take a flying funk?

    Presidents ncompoop club Friday, 19 April 2024 02:14 AM

    Thanks , now come through the back door and collect your bottle of whiskey.

    Charles Jansz. Friday, 19 April 2024 06:24 AM

    Foolish talk by rejects and deal makers day dreaming before the media!

    Nimal Friday, 19 April 2024 06:41 AM

    The people will decide on this matter. The work of your leader and all of you, will speak for itself.

    saman Friday, 19 April 2024 08:16 AM

    Vajira, must be joking.

    Devaka Attygalle Friday, 19 April 2024 08:33 AM

    Please Vajira the less you talk the better for your leader

    Sambo Friday, 19 April 2024 08:44 AM

    Yes. The people will send you, your president and the entire 225 home for good. We need a total change and not old wine in new bottles.

    Gamini Friday, 19 April 2024 09:11 AM

    Hey Rip Winkle- 6.9M still do

    Rip Winkle Friday, 19 April 2024 10:07 AM

    I'm sure the majority of them have changed their mind by now. :-))

    Ranil Monday, 13 May 2024 04:48 PM

    Hambantota will anyway be a song for the Ali Baba Town for sure. Even the pathara ya fellas are very silent. Even with Antigens support. Birds and fools of a feather flock together.

    Elephant Bud Friday, 19 April 2024 10:07 AM

    Yes; What Mr. Vajira Abeywardana says is right. Instead of changing the President, the current President Ranil Rajapaksa should be allowed to sell the remainder of Sri Lanka and completely ruin this country.

    Patcitz Friday, 19 April 2024 02:09 PM

    PATTA HOREK: CORRUPT; Vajira Abeywardana, wanted to cushion the life through making Ranil as illegal leader, making people's power of voting "NULL

    LORD, MOVE IN THE MINDS OF ALL VOTERS AND GIVE THEM A INSIGHT INTO WHAT THEY WILL GAIN BY VOTING FOR NPP/ANURA AND HIS PARTY. Friday, 19 April 2024 02:27 PM

    CHAIRMAN VAJIRA, YOU CAN MOUTH OFF TILL THE COWS COME HOME, PEOPLE HAVE READ YOU LOT FORWARDS AND BACKWARDS, SAME WIND/CRAP AS RAJAPASKE'S BUT LED BY AN EDUCATED MAN WHO ONLY TOOK OVER TO HOPEFULLY GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS SRI LANKA'S MIRACLE WORKER. WE HAVE ONLY ONE MIRACLE WORKER AND IT IS OUR LIVING GOD, WHO HAS HEARD ALL OUR PEOPLES PRAYERS AND THOSE MILLIONS AROUND THE WORLD WHO STAND BY THE POOR AND DISADVANTAGED IN THE COUNTRY. GOD WILL ACT IN HIS TIME. VAJIRA, CAN YOU TELL US WHY RANIL IS NOT CONTESTING ON THE UNP SYMBOL? OUR ANSWER "BECAUSE HE KNOWS HE WILL BE HOOFED OUT TOGETHER WITH THE OTHER SCUM WHO NOW ARE IN GOVERNMENT.

    Going, going, gone!! Friday, 19 April 2024 06:57 PM

    "President Ranil Wickremesinghe is the only leader who has such a capability." If this statement is true, then Sri Lanka is f

    Andrew Silva Saturday, 20 April 2024 05:36 AM

    Dear Vajira you don’t have to dictate to the voters, they know whom to vote.


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