United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPF) member of Parliament and Government Minister S B Dissanayake today blamed former President Mahinda Rajapaksa for the loss suffered by the UPFA at the last election.
Dissanayake said that Rajapaksa should not have contested the Parliamentary election which the UPFA eventually lost by a slim margin.
He noted that Rajapaksa failed to get the full support of the Muslims, Tamils and Catholics.
The Minister, speaking to reporters in Kandy today, said that if President Maithripala Sirisena led the UPFA campaign instead of Rajapaksa the UPFA would have secured more votes and regained the votes it lost even at the Presidential election.
He said that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and the United National Party will work together on many issues, including on the human rights issue.
Dissanayake said that President Maithripala Sirisena has been able to win the support of India for Sri Lanka and this resulted even the United States extending support to Sri Lanka on the human rights issue. (Colombo Gazette)