Faizer Mustapha respects Mahinda, backs Sirisena



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by Maheesha Mudugamuwa


Former Colombo Central SLFP co-organisers Western Provincial Council Member Hirunika Premachandra and MP Faizer Mustapha at the press conference held at the Opposition Leader’s Office yesterday. Pic by Nimal Dayaratne

Former Investment Promotion Deputy Minister Faizer Mustapha yesterday quit the government to support presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena.


Announcing the decision at a press conference held at the Opposition Leader’s Office in Colombo, he said that he wanted a better Sri Lanka.


Mustapha however said that the decision to join opposition campaign was one of the most difficult decisions he had to take in his political career.


He said he did not have any personal issue with Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) but he could not be where extremism was.


Mustapha noted that he did not have a moral right to discredit the government as he served it as a Deputy Minister during the last nine years.


He also noted that he had great respect for President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Defence Secretary  Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and that was why he had taken to long make up his mind.


MP Rajitha Senaratne said that 25 ministers had crossed from ruling party to the opposition so far and many others would join soon.


Meanwhile another twenty ruling party Pradeshiya Sabha members from the Kurunegala District yesterday pledged their support to the common opposition candidate.


Twelve members from Nikaweratiya Pradeshiya Sabha, three members from Panduwasnuwara Pradeshiya Sabha, and one member each from Narammala, Alawwa, Udubaddawa and Kobeigane Pradeshiya Sabhas joined the common opposition.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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