CBK eclipses Karu
Former UNP Deputy Leader and MP Karu Jayasuriya has received the backing of many political parties and groups looking for a common candidate at the forthcoming presidential election, but some influential players are of the view that twice-president Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga will be a better candidate.
Sources said that UNP National Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe had recently suggested that Kumaratunga should be the Opposition’s choice unless he was accepted as the common candidate. The JVP, too, was agreeable to backing Kumaratunga to accomplish a specific mission, sources said, adding that those pushing for Kumaratunga’s candidature believed the former SLFP leader could engineer some notable defections from the government.
Responding to a query, sources said that the move was meant to address concerns raised by MP Mangala Samaraweera, who had called for tangible measures to form a genuine coalition. Sources said that as Kumaratunga was also acceptable to Samaraweera, the Matara District MP could be persuaded to remain in the party if she was fielded to challenge President Rajapaksa.
Asked whether the coalition was contemplating any special conditions, sources said that whoever took up the challenge would have to quit his or her party. In case of Kumaratunga that question would not arise, sources said.
Sources revealed that there hadn’t been a consensus among the UNP parliamentary group members as regards Jayasuriya’s candidature though he had received the backing of some political parties and organisations including the Peoples’ Movement for a Just Society and National Council for a clean tomorrow led by Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera and Ven. Athureliya Rathana Thera. However, the JVP has asserted that Kumaratunga would stand a better chance.
(Courtesy: The Island)
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These two individuals are coorupt to the core. The former President was fined by the Supreme court for fraudulent land transactions while in office.
Mr Jayasuriya, as Minister for energy in the UPFA Government, was named “Karuwala Jayasuriya” because the country experienced the longest and most intense power cuts due to corruption, top down, in his ministry.
Anyway, these people who are dreaming of a “common” candidate to oppose HE Mahinda Rajapaksa are dreamers. A common opposition candidate is not required especially when the aspirants are tottering idiots of no significance.
SL has the best constitution in the World marrying Westminster, French, German, Indian and Swiss constitutional systems.
Prez MR won the war against Tamil terrorists, the World’s singularly most effectve war against terrorism, because of the powers conferred upon him by the presidential form of government reinforced by subsequent amendments.
If any amendment is desired by society, it should be the 13th amendment which is likely to permit the ascension of remnant Tamil Terrorism.
The constitution, as it is, sans the 13th amendment, will drive us briskly towards the social aspirations of the amude wearing citizens of our land.
Common candidate?? ha Ha !
The Velupillai proxy TNA led by senile Sampathan will not come to the party.
They are already thinking how they can be “king makers” once more !!!
Chandrikas as a past president did not do much to be deserved to be re-elected. Further since she left office what has she done and what contribution has made in forging policies. Though she claims to represent the people she has failed to shed her feudal values.
Karu like the members of the party does not represent the people. People in rural areas know little of him and the Party cells has done nothing to promote him in contrast Sajith Premadasa has better prospects for he is dynamic and he has a feeling for the people for he over the years shared their values
CBK is a traitor just as Ra-nil is. She is also pro imperial West. She will sell the country to US imperialists just as her ancestors did, to the British. She has not a vestige of patriotism, which MR has a thousand fold.
God help SL if gullible voters were to elect her! She will divide the country and grant independence to both Tamil nationalists and Muslim nationalists.