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UNP needs a good opponent at Prez poll - UNP MP

UNP MP Wijepala Hettiarachchi said Gotabaya Rajapaksa should not be defeated in the court case as the UNF needs a good opponent at the Presidential elections.

"Even if Gotabaya Rajapaksa is defeated in the legal case, the next nominee to run the SLPP’s mission will also be a Rajapaksa," he said.

He urged citizens to join with UNF candidate Sajith Premadasa without backing the Rajapaksa family fiefdom. “In 2005 Gotabaya Rajapaksa came back to Sri Lanka with a tourist visa and served as the Defence Secretary in an illegal manner. At that time he had not even presented a document to revoke his US citizenship. With the intention of contesting the presidential election, forged documents were made to obtain the passport and National Identity Card. All the stalwarts of the SLPP are welcome to join our corruption free candidate Sajith Premadasa,” he said addressing a news briefing at Temple Trees.

The MP said that there are no permanent friends or enemies in politics. “If President Maithripala Sirisena is willing to join us we are ready to journey on. If Karuna Amman and Pilleyan were placed in high positions, the President is a more suitable choice,” he added.

“The SLPP does not show the characteristics of a democratic party. Other than the Rajapaksas, the SLPP does not consist of leaders. Udaya Gammanpila, Wimal Weerawansa and Bandula Gunawardana are not even capable of receiving a candidacy despite their theatrics. Wimal Weerawansa who was against Americans is now doing the bidding of an American citizen.”

He said Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa is leading the campaign of strike waves using the state employees as scapegoats. “Since 2005 the prolonged war was used as a pawn to win the election by Mahinda Rajapaksa, now it is Gotabaya Rajapaksa who had totally won the extended war despite Sarath Fonseka and the war heroes” he said.

MP Hettiarachchi also said that the UNF will present a set of proposals at the UNF convention which will benefit the country and take the country to the expected heights.

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