He has also added that Rajapaksa will not be appointed as the Prime Ministerial candidate or the head of the UPFA election campaign. In addition, he had denied nominations for some close allies of MR namely Sajin Vass Gunawardena, Duminda Silva, Mervyn Silva and Samanmalee Sakalasuriya.
Speaking to reporters today, former UPFA MPs Dullas Alahapperuma and Kumara Welgama said former President Rajapaksa would certainly contest the Parliamentary election from the UPFA ticket. They said Rajapaksa would announce his district on Thursday.
However, Rajapaksa has still not made a public announcement whether he would contest under the UPFA.
Meanwhile, UPFA party leaders had met President Maithripala Sirisena last morning to discuss the manner in which they should contest for the election. A party leader who attended the meeting many political parties, including the National Freedom Front, were present at the meeting.
At the discussion, it had been communicated to the UPFA party leaders that the coalition had not changed its stance over giving nominations to the former President.