UNP names Maithripala as Common candidate
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In what appeared to be a major political strategy, the United National Party (UNP) today decided to support SLFP General Secretary and Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena as the common candidate for the upcoming presidential election.
UNP Assistant General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said the members of the UNP’s G-20, which was set up to take decisions on the presidential election, made this decision when they met this morning.
He said a final decision would be taken at the party’s Working Committee meeting this evening.
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This is one of the very few good decisions UNP made in history. JVP should also help to common candidate to get the power to parliament and limit the power of executive president.
Now henchmen political ambassadors and henchmen vice chancellors etc have to pack their bags to leave office in January.
It is 100% sure that common candidate will win.
He is definitely a better candidate than alien Ranil who has no rural background or common touch.
I have one question for this new common candidate Maithripala. I hope somebody who has better access to wider SL media will ask this question in public and Maithripala will give a reply in equally public manner. The question is: He served under MR in his government and did not resign. That means (according to ‘political etiquette ‘ in Sri Lanka and vast majority of the countries in the world, he approved MR’s policies for ten years. I believe,as much as I do, Maithripala knows the ‘collective responsibility’ when you are a cabinet ministers (just for a moment forget the fact that his post as SLFP general secretary). Then the vast majority of the people in Sri Lanka have the right to question how we can distinguish him from a hypothetical, shameless and power hungry political manipulator who has his own self interest first and foremost in his action. At this moment I see him as an individual who enjoyed the power and good living under MR, now has seen some opportunity of grabbing some more of the same, going for the election relying on the UNP vote and some other Tamil and disaffected individual votes for his win. First he must explain why he did not resign from his ministerial post before.
I’m not sure what will happen in the future. But I can see that UNP is bankrupt to find a candidate among them.
Yet again they are trying to use a Muppet like did last time (SF).
Mr. Sirisena might be a good man, but what he’s going to do is not acceptable.
If he faces to people and get their votes and hand over the power to Ranil is a cheating act.
When you get votes from people to become the president or PM, why don’t you sit on appropriate seat rather than giving it to a person who never elected by the public.
Too sad situation in SL for the politics.
aparade hooda mithry sauthu wenawa. oyata thawa tikuk iwasanna thibuna. unpiyata karaganna baribawa thanagana miethriwa thamm. anne paw maithri.