Former President Mahinda Rajapakse remained confident of securing victory at the Parliamentary elections held today.
Mahinda Rajapakse was scheduled to cast his vote at 7.15am but he later decided to cast his vote around 11am owing to astrological reasons.
Rajapakse who was defeated by his close aide and one time Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena in a presidential election in January, is looking at becoming the country’s new Prime Minister if the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) wins a majority number of seats.
“I am confident of victory,” he told reporters after casting his vote along with his wife and sons.
Rajapakse’s re-entry back into the political arena has been strongly opposed by President Maithripala Sirisena who is also party chairman, and a group of party members who defected to join Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG) to contest the polls.
However Rajapakse has maintained that it was the people’s verdict that he re-enter politics once again. (Colombo Gazette)