The UNP leadership is not yet decided on the possible candidate to fill up the vacant national list position, whilst the party members stay divided on the issue, party sources said.
Both were unsuccessful candidates at the last general election where Fonseka’s entire party received only 28,626 votes from the total country and 5238 votes from the Colombo district. Fonseka’s personal votes were not counted as those were not deemed necessary by elections commissioner. In contrast Rosy polled over 68000 votes from Colombo district becoming one after the last selected candidate of the Colombo list.
Fonseka’s nomination for the vacant national list position is being promoted by Ministers Malik Samawickrama, Chandrani Bandara, Champika Ranawaka and Rajitha Senaratne while Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, Ravi Karunanayaka, Harin Fernando and few others are promoting Rosy Senanayake.
Two key arguments are being forwarded against Fonseka by his opponents. One is the fact that he is a serving soldier drawing a monthly salary from the army. The second argument is a judgement by Mark Fernando which blocks a defeated candidate from one party being nominated through nationalist of another party. Legal action is imminent if Fonseka is appointed, party sources said.
At a meeting of UNP cabinet memebers last week, interestingly Women’s Affairs Minister Chandrani Bandara had promoted Fonseka on four consecutive occassions that prompted an uncomfortable response from the leader. “Why is this Women Affairs Minister so interested in bringing that man who is well known for violating the rights of his own wife,” one minister had asked. It is clear jealousy against Rosy by one of her own colleagues, this minister told Colombo Telegraph.
However, Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe has asked Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe to get him further details of the Mark Fernando judgement.