The United National Party (UNP) says former President Mahinda Rajapaksa seems scared for the political future of his son Namal Rajapaksa.
UNP Parliamentarian and Minister Rosy Senanayake said that Mahinda Rajapaksa had gone to the venue of a rally held in his support at Matara yesterday but did not get on stage.
Senanayake said that Mahinda Rajapaksa was avoiding getting on stage out of fear his son will not get nominations to contest the polls from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP).
There is a split in the SLFP on if Rajapaksa should be given nominations for the next Parliament election.
Rajapaksa and Namal are both SLFP members but the split has seen some SLFP top guns proposing that Mahinda Rajapaksa not be given nominations from the SLFP to contest the next Parliament election.