President Maithripala Sirisena has refused to give nominations for Western Province (WP) Chief Minister (CM) Prasanna Ranatunga to contest the Parliament election under the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), sources close to Ranatunga told the Colombo Gazette.
Ranatunga is to meet former President Mahinda Rajapaksa tomorrow to discuss the latest developments and is also expected to convene a media briefing to announce his next step.
Sources said that Ranatunga is prepared to contest the election under another political party if the President refuses to reverse the decision not to give him nominations from the UPFA.
Ranatunga is being investigated by the police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) over allegations surrounding a land deal.
Ranatunga had last week denied allegations of corruption made against him and his wife after his wife was also questioned over the same land deal. (Colombo Gazette)
Report by Ashanthi Warunasuriya