The Colombo Telegraph exclusively reveals today that contrary to popular belief, plans are a foot to field either Sunethra Bandaranaike, or Maithree Wickramasinghe as the common candidate for the upcoming Presidential Election, in the event Ranil Wickremesinghe declines to contest.
During a dinner held yesterday among critical forces behind the bid to propose a common candidate at the Peach Valley restaurant in Flower Road, it was decided that the two females would be the most potent candidates who could garner the support of all opposition political parties in the country.
Mrs. Wickramasinghe and Bandaranaike were viewed as being able to play a dual role of garnering the support of the hardcore SLFP and UNP voter base, while having a wider appeal among the minorities.
According to initial reports the two have agreed to come forward on the basis that the Executive Presidential system was to be abolished within six months after which they would no longer remain in politics.
The wider appeal the duo would have among a critical voter base of females was also discussed.
Ealier, moves to propose Chandrika Kumaratunga as the Common Candidate fell flat due to legal impediments stemming from the Waters Edge judgment against her in which she was convicted of corruption and fined three million rupees by the Supreme Court. She is also said to pressured by her son Vimukthi and daughter Yashodara to stay clear of politics in the country.
During a press briefing held yesterday by opposition parties sans the JVP, common candidacy was agreed to in principle.
The move to bring in the two females, will only be subject to UNP Leader Wickremesinghe declining to contest the elections.