Anura Kumara Dissanayake the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna leader who is the latest entrant to the Presidential race is taking aim at the middle-class Sri Lankan in an outside bid to win the country’s top political job.
There is still uncertainty as to who the final candidates will be in the forthcoming Presidential Elections, although one is already campaigning around the country and another will enter the race today.
The grassroots level Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) supporters will never vote for the United National Party (UNP) presidential candidate and they will vote for the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), Chairman of SLPP Prof. G.L Peiris said.
Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) de facto leader Mahinda Rajapaksa will select and announce the party's presidential candidate, a strong leader and a "king who speaks in one voice," on 11 August unlike the United National Party (UNP) which is embroiled in a three-cornered fight for its nominee, SLPP President Prof. G. L. Peiris said.
Seemingly ecstatic about a Sajith Premadasa candidacy in the upcoming presidential election, Opposition MP Pavithra Wanniarachchi today said Premadasa would be the "weakest opponent" Sri Lanka Podujana Party (SLPP) candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa would have to face in the polls.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa is back in the country and his close supporters are confident that come August 11 he will be anointed as the Presidential Candidate of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) at the new party’s first national convention.
UNP Parliamentarian S.M Marikkar says he believes that if there are members of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) capable of getting people’s votes join the United National Party (UNP) it would be useful.
Some Opposition members who fervently backed former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the 2015 presidential election will support the "broad alliance" led by the United National Party (UNP) in the upcoming presidential polls, UNP MP Harshana Rajakaruna said.
The presidential candidate of the United National Party (UNP) will be an educated person who can be trusted to run the country responsibly, UNP backbencher MP Hesha Withanage said.
With the upcoming presidential elections just months away, the United National Party (UNP) is set to lay the groundwork for its election campaign starting 1 July and, as a first step, organisers will be appointed to both the UNP and the United National Front (UNF), Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said.