UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe will contest the upcoming parliamentary election from the Colombo District, a senior UNP source told the Daily Mirror yesterday.
Wickremesinghe has already informed his party that he will be contesting the elections, amidst reports that he may be offered a national list seat by Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa who is now leading the newly formed Samagi Jana Balawegaya Alliance, of which the UNP is the main constituent party.
The source said that Wickremesinghe's camp had also maintained that there would be no change in the electorates of any members and all will contest from their respective constituencies. This statement comes amidst reports that some UNP members were trying to contest from different electorates, causing disagreement within the UNP.
"No one will be able to make any changes to their electorates and this has been conveyed to all members. No one can be involved in any kind of trading," the source who is closely associated with Wickremesinghe said.
Meanwhile, the source further said that a final decision on the symbol will be taken on March 1 when the leaders and working committee meet, after which the UNP and its alliance members can prepare their campaign for the elections. (JAMILA HUSAIN)
UNP supporter Tuesday, 25 February 2020 05:28 AM
Oh, that a great opportunity for the UNPers to teach this guy a lesson that he is so unpopular. Defeat him right royally.
Sudath Tuesday, 25 February 2020 05:42 AM
Well done Mr Ranil Wickremasinghe. once again you have proved that you are a true leader. keep up your good work to protect great UNP
Charles Jansz Tuesday, 25 February 2020 05:45 AM
National list would be the best bet - if at all !
sam silva Tuesday, 25 February 2020 05:53 AM
We citizens are totally confused due to the politicians greed.
Era Tuesday, 25 February 2020 06:06 AM
We will make him slide down the list. We want Sajit Premadasa from Colombo.
hari K Tuesday, 25 February 2020 06:07 AM
None should vote for this selfish politician, who ruined the country and the party.
Neo Tuesday, 25 February 2020 06:24 AM
This is good. But will Ranil prevent Sajith from contesting from Colombo?
liayanage Tuesday, 25 February 2020 06:25 AM
Definitely UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe will contest the upcoming parliamentary election from the Colombo District but Colombo Mayor Rosy Senanayake's son should not be on the UNP list. there are many more educated personalities in colombo district . what about Harsa abayawaradana's son if he interested in party politics should be given an opportunity to contest.
Jude Tuesday, 25 February 2020 06:43 AM
If he contest? Here's the chance people, to send Ranil packing !! Yeah for good!!
Jude Tuesday, 25 February 2020 06:51 AM
If anyone voting for this SOB !!?? Then that person is complete moron!! Yeah!!
Gamini Abheyadeera Tuesday, 25 February 2020 06:57 AM
This is a good decision by RW. This is going to be a acid test for many in the upcoming elections
Samson Tuesday, 25 February 2020 08:30 AM
You should contest Colombo district under elephant and see how you fair against the govt coalition and your own coalition.
cheers Tuesday, 25 February 2020 08:37 AM
You are up against Wimal and you will get wiped out Ranil
Andrew Silva Tuesday, 25 February 2020 11:01 AM
Oh! God not another 5 years of this wild elephant.
Indu Tuesday, 25 February 2020 01:14 PM
This is very good news to true UNP supporters. I am sure he will get a good amount of votes.
Sando Tuesday, 25 February 2020 01:16 PM
Symbol can be Leopard/Loris....nice
Putra Natthi Nakiya Thursday, 27 February 2020 04:24 PM
WELL DONE RW GONWASSA. GO TO HELL AFTER THE ELECTION. MANY PEOPLE (UNP) WILL NOT VOTE FOR YOU AS LONG AS WE REMEMBER THE CB CASE AND DESTROYING THE LAW AND ORDER.
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