Former North-Western Province Chief Minister Atula Wijesinghe said on Thursday the UPFA had not proposed the name of the Chief Ministerial candidate for the upcoming provincial council elections and that he would be leading the team of Kurunegala district UPFA candidates.
Addressing the media at the Kurunegala Janakala auditorium he said the provincial council election was not one held to elect a chief minister. He had convened the media conference to clarify specualtions that he would not be contesting the provincial council election fearing a possible defeat and that his son would contest instead.
“Under the present electoral system any candidate is at liberty to make statements that he would be the chief minister. However the final decision will be taken by the SLFP central committee. The competition among candidates for the post of chief minister is experienced at the provincial council in every province. Any new comers to the party are most welcome. No one would protest against it. My son might have sent in an application to contest under the UPFA ticket. As you already know a father and son would not be allowed to contest for one provincial council. However the people have the right to express diverse views,” he said.
The former Chief Minister stressed that he would not retire from politics as long as the people had trust in him and that he was quite confident of his victory at the up coming provincial council elections. He said the people would decide on the person who should be made the chief minister. (Pushpakumara Jayaratne)
Comments - 25
Hubert Friday, 26 July 2013 04:24 PM
No Hope spineless representing with a pseudo name
Hubert Friday, 26 July 2013 04:26 PM
eliminate one as well
Hubert Friday, 26 July 2013 04:28 PM
they know the results before the election
janak Friday, 26 July 2013 05:42 AM
PEOPLE ARE BLIND
Lucy Friday, 26 July 2013 05:50 AM
Is he sying that Dayasiri is talking through his hat?
Andrew Pitugala Friday, 26 July 2013 06:01 AM
Good. The fight has already started. Better to have boxing bouts than elections. Saves time and money. In fact you can sell tickets and make it profitable.
razi Friday, 26 July 2013 05:42 PM
all crossovers should be taught a lesson let it start now
Erantha Perera Friday, 26 July 2013 06:15 AM
Who is this ? First time hearing of this name...
PISSU Friday, 26 July 2013 06:21 AM
Then what about Dayasisiri
Jumbuli-jumba Friday, 26 July 2013 06:47 AM
Instead of unnecessary arguments why not ask for a diplomatic appointment or Chairman post? You will succeed!
KaluSudha Friday, 26 July 2013 06:54 AM
Bakathapas Friday, 26 July 2013 06:55 AM
Poor chap ... just trying to lead the list ....but surely not the number of votes.