5 March, 2024


Sirisena Indecisive Over Rajapaksa’s Nomination: Pro-MR Rally In Anuradhapura Postponed

Three days after UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayantha’s announcement on Mahinda Rajapaksa‘s nominations, serious doubts still loom large over his candidacy at the Parliamentary election.

Multiple sources from the SLFP told Colombo Telegraph that President Maithripala Sirisena had promised his close associates to review the decision pertaining to Rajapaksa’s nominations. Therefore the former President’s nominations, which was a contentious matter over the past three days, still hangs in the balance.

Maithripala Post ElectionFormer President Chandrika Kumaratunga and several other SLFP stalwarts who supported President Sirisena at the Presidential election had extensive discussions on the matter with the President on Sunday. At the discussion, Kumaratunga had stressed that Rajapaksa should not be allowed to contest from the SLFP, at any cost, she had also pointed out that there would be a serious split in the party and a group of MPs might join the UNP in the face of such a development.

Meanwhile, Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera, Convener of the Movement for a Just Society, had contacted President Maithripala Sirisena over the phone and had expressed similar sentiments over Rajapaksa’s nominations, sources close to the President said.

President Maithripala Sirisena is yet to make a final decision on giving nominations to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest from the United People’s Freedom Alliance.

Former Parliamentarian T.B. Ekanayake, a member of the SLFP “cooperation Committee” previously said the former President would sign nomination papers on July 08 to contest from the Kurunegala district.

Due to President Sirisena’s indecisiveness over the matter, the pro-Rajapaksa group has decided to postpone the rally in Anuradhapura which was scheduled to take place on June 09. The rally will take place on July 13 after the nominations for the Parliamentary election are finalized.

Meanwhile, BBC Sandeshaya reported yesterday that President Sirisena had received various requests to distance the SLFP from the UPFA and form a new alliance to contest the election.

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  • 4

    Maithri is so smart he rejected the JARAYAKA and YAKOS from ruining the country!

  • 0


    What made you choose this Pseudonym?

    You are cultured.May I suggest Higgins.[Pl.see my Fair Lady.Bernard Shaws great Play]

  • 4

    Why are these meetings held for, happening every few hours, and president meeting either the pro MR clan or anti MR clan. Is he
    not educated and experienced enough to understand and determine
    what is right or what is wrong for the people and advise his stand
    to the people thro’ media and TVs, instead of keeping the people,
    the voters who voted for him, in suspense. The other countries watching the political situation in this country, must be laughing
    at the mockery of politics, displayed in our country.

  • 1


    Good response from NV and Ansar. I am looking for your answers and so do they. Don’t let us down !

  • 2

    Maithri wont let us down buddy! We are all for YAHAPALANYA!

  • 1

    If Sirisena is indecisive then what he said in Matara and Colombo over the week end is to be taken as nonsense? I think not. These are all false news items planted in the press by a well oiled machine hell bent on regaining the lost empire of murders, drug barons, and corruption. They made enough to last generations so they are by no means without resources to do just about anything they wish to take back power. The media including this one is not immune to their deception.

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