Posted on 03.14.2019 by Chandana Sirimalwatte in Local News with 0 Comments
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has realised that he will need to contest the next presidential election in a broad alliance, the political analysers understand from his statements.
Mahinda Rajapaksa and the ministers in the opposition had the prospect of contesting the Presidential Election as the People’s Alliance or as an alliance formed with UPFA. Although President Rajapakse was preparing to join President Maithripala Sirisena as a
new political front, there was an argument over the competing symbol. Especially there were debates whether choosing the ‘beetle leaf’ or the ‘flower bud‘.
However, Mahinda Rajapaksa says that he will contest from People’s Alliance party with the ‘flower bud’ as the symbol, but it will be with a broad alliance. He has already estimated that his party will be defeated at a presidential election if it contests independently.
Meanwhile, Maithripala Sirisena has already started pre-campaigning for a presidential election. The MPs from UPFA continuously say that Maithripala would be their presidential candidate for the second time. But the People’s Alliance has not yet named a candidate.
Whatever the alliance to be established by Mahinda, obtaining UPFA support led by Maithripala Sirisena is a decisive condition.
Therefore, if the Podujana Peramuna was to accept Maithripala Sirisena as the candidate, that would be another political defeat of Mahinda Rajapaksa.