Attanayake wants to contest general election from Kandy

KANDY – Former United National Party (UNP) General Secretary Tissa Attanayaka MP said in Kandy yesterday (20) that he would contest the forthcoming general election.

"I will definitely contest at the general election from the Kandy District but at the moment I am unable to name the political party. I await the response from the United National Party (UNP), the MP said.

Tissa Attanayake was responding to media questions after calling on the prelate of the Asgiriya Vihare.

The former UNP General Secretary said he could contest a seat in any part of the country as the people knew him well. However, he preferred to contest from the Kandy district.

Attanayake said he had not deserted the UNP. He had only supported President Mahinda Rajapaksa due to an internal dispute, he added.

He had not criticised his party, the UNP and its leader Ranil Wickremesinghe from any platform. Furthermore Attanayake noted he had not addressed any political meeting since January 08, 2015.

The victory of the UNP at the Presidential Election was not the result of a 24 hour campaign, Attanayake said.

"I worked had to bring the UNP to success for quite a long time. I did everything in my power to bring UNPleader Ranil Wickremesinghe and Sajith Premadasa together. The unity of these two leaders was an important factor for the victory of the party at the presidential election, he said.

Attanayake said he welcomed the 19th Amendment but the powers of the executive presidency had not been reduced substantially.

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