How the Flame leader boldly went it alone at the last general poll and crashed headlong is now history. Several Blue stalwarts who appreciated the support the Flame leader extended to the Compassionate One at the do-or-die battle earlier wanted to send the war hero to Diyawanna through the National List.
The Compassionate One too readily welcomed the idea, but then the list had already been sent to the Polls Chief.
Undeterred, the Compassionate One asked his long standing pal ‘Jaye’ already on the National List to step down to make way for the war hero and the latter readily agreed to give up his seat.
However, ‘Jaye’ in the meantime had entertained second thoughts and hedged giving his letter of consent. And thus the Diyawanna door was closed on the Flame leader for the second time.