Former PUCSL Chairman, Janaka Ratnayake who was sacked from his position by Parliament on Wednesday said that since all common political candidates had failed, he would contest the next Presidential Election as a People's Candidate.
Speaking to Daily Mirror, Ratnayake said there are a number of political parties in Sri Lanka, but none of these parties had been able to deliver to fulfil the people's expectations.
However, he said he was the ideal candidate to represent the people in the next Presidential Election and when he declares his candidacy, many political parties will come forward to support him.
“This country has not had any suitable common candidate. All have failed. So I will be the most suitable candidate representing the citizens of this country,” Ratnayake said.
When questioned as to which party he will contest from, Ratnayake said he had still not decided on this and was confident that when he declares his candidacy for the Presidential Election, there will be many political parties who would approach him to join and would support him.
Ratnayake was sacked from his position as the PUCSL Chairman by Parliament on Wednesday after 123 MPs voted against him and 77 voted in favour.
Ratnayake was appointed to the chair by former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and was alleged to be a close aide of the former president. (AJITH SIRIWARDANA)
Ss Friday, 26 May 2023 06:54 AM
Our country needs leaders like you! wish you all the best
Katukanna Tissa Friday, 26 May 2023 06:56 AM
Just another “Mike Pimpiya” just like former boss. This guy is a disgrace to every single hardworking public servant !
Emm Friday, 26 May 2023 07:57 AM
Dear You havent proved anything... blaming others is the easiest practice... Prepare to go to jail and come back a decade later... we will see your stamina....
Tissa Fernando Friday, 26 May 2023 07:59 AM
He will probably get 2500 votes as the political game is different from the civil service.
Lakshan Friday, 26 May 2023 08:09 AM
This appears to be what he has been working towards for a long time and his dramavhas been.
Benjamin Friday, 26 May 2023 08:10 AM
Didn't we have one JR as president already.
Suhada malli Friday, 26 May 2023 08:21 AM
Mr Ratnayake, You failed to break the CEB electricity engineers mafia who prevents renewable energy projects from happening. You also failed to expose the corruption of CEB officials who own private power generation companies and end up getting ëmergency power supply contracts. Besides, by having media conferences you cannot run a country. Verite Research recently showed 15 member cabinet that can run this country. If you can prepare a manifesto around those 15 ministries what you will do. And mention your strategies for growth, job creation, increasing competitiveness in the global market", industry 4.0 then people will consider you as a good alternate. If not you are only another Mr Big Talk like Wimal W, GL SB etc.
R S Friday, 26 May 2023 08:24 AM
I wonder if people will fall for this guy lol.
Lion Friday, 26 May 2023 09:06 AM
We have already found a candidate so just keep quite
Jude Friday, 26 May 2023 09:38 AM
So this guy had motives to start a political career!!
Hermann Kahagalle Friday, 26 May 2023 09:41 AM
This man has lot of ego. He was pushing an agenda for himself not for the people. He enjoyed all the perks in his job and foreign travel.⁵
Sunil Friday, 26 May 2023 11:00 AM
Janaka Ratnayake, you have enjoyed all the political clout with positions of Chairman EDB and Merchant Bank for which you had no exporting or banking experience. These positions should have been given to career bankers and successful exporters. You have also become wealthy which probably a combination of entrepreneurship and political connection. So, we will never vote for you. Please retire from any political ambition.
Samson de silva Friday, 26 May 2023 11:23 AM
Hey man, Don't be a joker. There is a reason why, despite many people's requests, Shirani Bandaranayake, who was subjected to a similar fate by the rogue Myna Rajapaksa, chose neither to be a candidate at the Presidential elections, nor enter politics at all. She had a better chance of winning than you do! Learn a lesson from her.
Joseph Friday, 26 May 2023 11:37 AM
You will probably get sacked as an candidate
J.M. Ratnayake (attorney-at-law) Friday, 26 May 2023 12:08 PM
Don't worry we will make you our next President as you are honest and straight forward, make sure when you become our President you must take proper action against all Potuwa rogues including Ranil.
Dr. Milroy Fernando Friday, 26 May 2023 12:13 PM
Now onwards Kanchana has to be extra careful as the Lion had come out from the cage seeking his flesh.
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