MR won’t seek UPFA nomination at next general election - Wimal



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By Shamindra Ferdinando


National Freedom Front (NFF) leader and Joint Opposition heavyweight Wimal Weerawansa, MP, has said that former President and Kurunegala District MP Mahainda Rajapaksa won’t contest the next parliamentary polls on the UPFA ticket.


MP Weerawansa was responding to SLFP General Secretary Duminda Dissanayake’s recent declaration that the party decided against giving the former president nomination. The issue came up at NFF briefing at Pita Kotte on Sunday.


Colombo District MP called Dissanayake’s statement irrelevant as the former President had no intention of seeking nomination.


Addressing the media at Punchi Borella, former External Affairs Minister and JO spokesman Prof. G.L. Peiris said that even if the incumbent SLFP leadership had offered nomination, the former President shouldn’t accept it.


Both Prof. Peiris and Weerawansa said the JO campaign to oust the government was on track.


The JO comprises about 50 members of parliament loyal to former President Rajapaksa. MP Dinesh Gunawardena heads the JO parliamentary group.


Alleging that the government was conspiring to put off provincial council polls in the Eastern, Sabaragamuwa and North Central provinces on the basis of having all PC polls simultaneously, Prof. Peiris challenged the government to dissolve remaining PCs to enable polls later this year.


Prof. Peiris said that the JO was ready to face PC polls though those loyal to President Sirisena seemed to be scared to face the electorate. Pointing out that local government polls hadn’t been held for over two years, Prof. Peiris said that they recently sought the intervention of the international community in that regard.


The former law professor accused the government of causing chaos in every sector.


MP Bandula Gunawardena said the proposed Inland Revenue Bill would be severely inimical to local industries. Alleging that former Finance Minister Karunanayake through the new Bill had deprived relief provided to a range of sectors by former President Mahinda Rajapaka, Gunawardena said the Supreme Court would be moved against it. Commenting on the agriculture sector, MP Gunawardena alleged that yahapalana leaders had sought to provide tax relief to big companies at the expense of those who really deserved state support.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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