Former minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said they were not aware of the fact that President Maithreepala Sirisena was about to swear Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse in as Prime Minister until the last point.
Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe smiles during a convention of his United National Party (UNP) in Colombo on July 11, 2015. Wickremesinghe’s UNP has secured the crucial support of a party of Buddhist monks and other smaller parties to contest August pareliamentary elections. AFP PHOTO / Ishara S. KODIKARA (Photo credit should read Ishara S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)
He made these comments addressing a function held in Badulla yesterday (30).
The former minister said that behind the good smiles between Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse and Mr. Maithreepala Sirisena, SLFP and SLPP supporters in rural areas are bitter enemies.
“Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe was dismissed and had Mr. Rajapakshe in within less than a half an hour. However, the SLPP supporters in the rural areas are not accepted on the same level. Supporters of SLFP and SLPP in rural areas are bitter enemies, like Cobra to Mongoose. I am aware that your hearts are being beating in tense because even I was ill treated by the party. But slamming at each other would only benefit the United National Party, therefore we have to work towards a sustainable goal. Such goal has not even been started.”
Meanwhile, commenting on the upcoming presidential election, Mr. Nimal Siripala de Siva said that a candidate that is so attractive and can surpass the UNP candidate must be brought in. He pointed out that all shall come forward as an alliance in winning the election, or otherwise it woud be useless.
The former minister went on to say that the progress that exists in the grassroot level has to be identified. Marching without such proper identification and an alliance would only fuel the UNP have their presidential candidate won, he added.
He further emphasized that there are some people who tend to wire in entering into the chambers amid the upcoming election through national list or any other mean necessary.