Mahinda has said he will contest the polls

MR President MahindaFormer President Mahinda Rajapakse has informed his close aides that he will contest in the parliamentary elections, the Xinhua news agency quoted a senior opposition member as saying.

Speaking on the grounds of anonymity, the senior parliamentarian said that Rajapakse had already begun to conduct meetings on a weekly basis with the opposition parliamentarians who were publicly supporting him and Rajapakse’s future in politics was being discussed.

The former president was defeated in the presidential Election in January by his one time Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena and since then he has remained silent about his future political career.

In recent talks with President Maithripala Sirisena, the first since his defeat, Rajapakse had requested Sirisena to make him the prime ministerial candidate of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) which was rejected by the president.

His supporters including several opposition parliamentarians have been holding mass public rallies in many parts of the country in support of the former leader and have been calling on Sirisena, as the leader of the SLFP, to appoint him as the prime ministerial candidate of the party.

Local media reports on Sunday said that Rajapakse had already appointed a shadow cabinet which consists of about 15 former ministers in order to discuss the current political situation, the policies to be adopted and alternative policies. (Colombo Gazette)

4 COMMENTS

  1. Yes you can contest in the coming election and there will be a good chance of winning too; but please make sure you don’t let corruption to rise again. There are oppositions but no real leader in any of them so country is going down. Also current governments working on the instructions from foreign countries which very dangerous for the independence of Sri Lanka. People blamed you for the corruption but did not praise for good things such as development. Also try to be impartial for non-related members of party.

  2. Mahinda Rajapakse is shameless. He did not want to appoint Maithripala Sirisena as the PM, now Mahinda wants Maithri to appoint him as the PM. Is there any shame left in Mahinda Rajapakse!

  3. Of purse you are feel free to contest on any election as you change the constitution for your own benefit. Some people who doesn’t have backbone may say that we have no real leader in the country and you are the only person to fill the vaccum. Unfortunately those who say that doesn’t know what is democracy or what is real leadership like even. However MR have his investments on certain people resources, media like Rivira, Sirasa, and Siyatha, Neth FM to carry out his sinister agenda against democratic forces. This greedy man has no limit for his desires. We all have to defeat this evil to develop our country as a civilized society. Also we need to address the Tamil and Muslim issues with open mind. You all have seen how MR appointed former minister for national integration vasidevas begs our at parliament ! It reflects who they are!

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