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‘Gotabaya doesn’t have spotless record like Sajith’

The majority of persons who stand with the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Presidential aspirant Gotabaya Rajapaksa are questionable and therefore they have no ethical right to accuse the Presidential aspirant of the New Democratic Front (NDF) Sajith Premadasa who has a spotless character, said Karunarathna Paranawithana, Deputy Minister of National Policies Economic Affairs, Resettlement, Rehabilitation, Northern Province Development, Vocational Training, Skills development, and Youth Affairs yesterday.

He was speaking at a press briefing at a campaign coordination office in Vauxhall Street, Colombo, yesterday.

“Communal and religious tension is created by the SLPP to negate the strong public support earned by Sajith Premadasa. We request the campaigners not to stoop that low in the Presidential Election campaign. Karuna Amman of the Aranthalawa massacre fame is in the SLPP camp. Sajith Premadasa is a pure Sinhala Buddhist who cherishes local customs. Few Buddhist monks are trapped in the evil behavior of the opponents. Although certain groups attempt to tarnish the Sinhala Buddhist image of Sajith Premadasa, his victory is inevitable,” he said.

“Moreover, certain groups have forwarded proxy candidates to break down the public popularity of Sajith Premadasa. We are confident that the minority voters are also with him. Sajith Premadasa will be attending 151 public rallies within the timeframe given for campaigning. He is a leader who is strong and full of youthful spirit,” Paranawithana said.

MP Harshana Rajakaruna also speaking at the press briefing said the DNF Presidential hopeful Sajith Premadasa is a character with no blemishes unlike the SLPP Presidential aspirant.

“Gotabaya Rajapaksa has many criminal cases filed against him, while Sajith Premadasa has rendered yeoman service under the Ministry of Housing and Cultural Affairs. Even when in the opposition, he always served the public,” he added.

“Gotabaya Rajapaksa lacks confidence and also a policy. He refused to participate in the Public Platform 2019. A policy debate is a symbol of democracy and civilized politics. We invite Gotabaya Rajapaksa to campaign with civility. We challenge him to agree to a policy debate with us,” Rajakaruna said.

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