The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna says it is of the stance that the next Presidential candidate must be a member of the Rajapaksa family.
Speaking to media in Kandy Parliamentarian Dilum Amunugama said the Podujana Peramuna must field a member of the Rajapaksa family as the next Presidential candidate.
He noted the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party are two different parties adding that the Podujana Peramuna didn’t know if the SLFP will agree on a single candidate to be fielded from both parties.
The MP said it’s a different matter if someone else is the candidate of the SLFP adding that whether or not the SLFP candidate will win or if the SLFP will support the candidate fielded by the Podujana Peramuna is also another matter.
MP Amunugama said the most suitable candidate is former President Mahinda Rajapaksa adding that a majority of the public hopes to vote for a member of the Rajapaksa family in place of the former President.
Speaking during a rally in Kandy United People’s Freedom Alliance Parliamentarian Roshan Ranasinghe said President Maithripala Sirisena must also support a member of the Rajapaksa family during the next Presidential Election.
MP Ranasinghe stated that when there is an easy route to make a member of the Rajapaksa family a President once again and when it looks like President Sirisena will also support this cause, the SLFP is saying the next Presidential candidate will be President Maithripala Sirisena once again.
The MP said that recently MP Mahinda Samarasinghe claimed the Podujana Peramuna has 48 and the SLFP has 13%, and therefore the SLFP should get to appoint the Presidential candidate.
He added that President Sirisena came into power only for one term adding that if President Sirisena came to power to resign in 5 years, he should gather the strength of the SLFP for former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as well and speak for him on every stage.