Contesting elections
Progeny of UPFA top guns have all the luck

Sabaragamuwa Chief Minister Maheepala Herath’s eldest son Kanaka will contest the forthcoming parliamentary elections.

Yatiyantota chief SLFP Organiser Srilal Wickremesinghe last Saturday (Oct 24) announced Kanaka’s entry into parliamentary politics. The announcement was made at the Kegalle District annual general meeting of the SLFP Youth Organisation presided by President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s eldest son Namal.

Wickremesinghe said that Kanaka, who had played an important role in his father’s political campaigns, would contest the Kegalle District.

Chief Minister Herath and Ministers Athauda Seneviratne and Duminda Dissanayake participated at the meeting.

The latest entrant into parliamentary politics has obtained a Bachelor of Engineering (aerospace) degree from Australia’s Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University.

Several UPFA politicians fielded their sons, relatives and personal staff at the recently concluded elections to provincial councils conducted on a staggered basis.

Sources in Kegalle said that Chief Minister Herath had hosted invitees to lunch at his residence at Molamure Road where Namal

Rajapaksa said that a decision regarding his entry into national politics through the forthcoming parliamentary elections was yet to be taken. He said that their political opponents were even more interested in his moves than his parents.

Sources said that bottom line is that Namal Rajapaksa had not ruled out launching a political career within the next few months. Parliamentary elections are scheduled to take place by April next year.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Herath told several public gatherings in the Aranayaka electorate last Tuesday (Oct 27) that the UNP had been bankrupt to such an extent the party had been forced to consider the possibility of fielding an outsider at the next presidential polls. He said that the Opposition had hit a new low and nothing could be as ridiculous as the JVP throwing its weight behind the UNP at the presidential polls. He asserted that the JVP was facing a severe political setback.

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