New Democratic Front Presidential candidate, Sajith Premadasa, has written to Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Presidential candidate, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, renewing his challenge for a live public debate.
In his letter to Rajapaksa, Premadasa points out that it was the democratic right of the citizens to be well informed about their choice of Presidential candidates.
“In modern democracies around the world, presidential candidates fearlessly debate their policies at impartially moderated debates. Today such events are broadcast live on television and social media. There is no better opportunity for people to weigh candidates’ abilities, character and vision,” Premadasa said in his letter.
Premadasa notes that he had issued the challenge initially last Wednesday (13) but had not received any response from Rajapaksa.
“On Wednesday I invited you to take up the challenge of facing the nation at such a debate. Unfortunate I’m yet to receive a response from your campaign. Some of your advisors have alluded to the absence of a formal written letter, even in this age of technology and digital communication. Therefore, I take this opportunity, through this letter, to extend to you such a formal invitation,” Premadasa said.
Over 10 days ago I challenged @GotabayaR to a debate on our policies but he has not responded. The public is waiting. I am waiting. Please make up your mind today and respond to my challenge. SP #DecisiveLeadership pic.twitter.com/o9bbriw4b5
— Sajith Premadasa (@sajithpremadasa) 3 November 2019