Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne today insisted that President Maithripala Sirisena did not betray the voters who brought him to power at the January 8 Parliament elections.
The allegation arose after it was reported that Sirisena had agreed to give nominations to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest the polls under the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA).
Addressing the post cabinet press conference today, Senaratne said that the President had not taken a final decision on the nominations list.
He said this despite several UPFA members, including Rajapaksa, signing their nominations papers today.
Senaratne said that the President would finalize his list and make decisions based on the best interest of his party.
“He does not want to be the one who divides the UPFA. He wants the party to work as one and will make the best decision which will benefit the party and the nation,” Senaratne said.
However the cabinet spokesperson said if Rajapakse returns to power, it will cause a “problem” among millions of voters who elected President Sirisena over Rajapakse at the presidential election. (Colombo Gazette)