Welgama says MR will contest as PM candidate

mahindarajapaksheFormer President Mahinda Rajapaksa will contest as a Prime Ministerial candidate at the August 17 Parliament elections despite opposition to the move from some former Parliamentarians.

Kumara Welgama, a former Minister in Rajapaksa’s Government, said that the former President will look to contest under the betel leaf symbol of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA).

“I can clearly state that Mahinda Rajapaksa will contest as the Prime Ministerial candidate. There are no two words about it,” he said.

Welgama said that all attempts will be made to unite the political parties in the UPFA, including the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), and put forward Rajapaksa as the UPFA Prime Ministerial candidate.

He said that he hopes President Maithripala Sirisena, as UPFA Chairman, will take a stand with regards to the nominations to be given to UPFA candidates, keeping in mind the best interest of the country.

However he asserted that no matter what President Maithripala Sirisena decides with regards to the UPFA candidates, Rajapaksa will contest for the post of Prime Minister at the election.

There have been reports indicating President Sirisena will not agree to nominate Rajapaksa as the Prime Ministerial candidate of the UPFA.

The decision has seen a split in the UPFA with some insisting that Rajapaksa be given nominations and others opposing it.  (Colombo Gazette)


  1. It was evident that the President MS had always been bias to UNP, the party that brought him to power. MS is streaming to bring UNP in to power at the next election. Being the chairman of SLFP, MS is trying to halve the party in support of UNP. His intention is to appoint Ranil as the PM irrespective of majority seats taken by SLFP or Alliance. MS has already declared that he will not contest for another term. Therefore, his intention is very clear that he wants the UNP to stand in power. However, Mahinda will be able to block him from his ulterior motive if he he comes to parliament at the next election.

  2. First of all MR should not be given nomination to contest under SLFP or SLFP led alliance and entry under national list. Secondly people like Kumara Welgama who does not know to respect their leader should also not be given nomination.

    • Your comment shows that you do not know the right that any person has to contest an election. Ungrateful rustic citizens like you need to block MR because you are shivering of MR returning to parliament.Are you an honest person? Haven’t you done anything wrong in you life? It’s like pot calling the kettle black.

  3. Mahinda and Ranil will be involved in politics while they are in their deathbeds, because they never equipped anyone to become knowledgeable, committed and honest leader.

    • Why does Mahinda, in particular, want to get back in to politics? It will not help any of us Sri Lankans. His presence will once more have the whole world against us.

      This is just vanity. The man is supposed to have cancer, but he just doesn’t want to face up to his mortality – he would rather have 21 million of us suffer, rather than take a back seat.

      You may be right about Ranil, too; but his being in the fray threatens us less, and let’s hope that he makes the running of the UNP rather more democratic.

      Yes, what a contrast we see between these two and Maithri, who I’m sure would retire to Polonnaruwa, if he felt that such a move would be best for the country. However, now that he asked for, and received, a mandate from us, he must persevere!

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