Written by Bella Dalima
19 Nov, 2014 | 7:06 pm
At a media briefing convened in Colombo on Wednesday, the National Unity Front and the Democratic People’s Front, expressed their views on the subject of a common candidate and the presidential election.
Leader of National Unity Front, Azad Sally expressed the following views:
[quote]The JHU left the government yesterday as a birthday present. Tomorrow an MP will leave. There is a queue, there is a whole list. On the other hand, Maithripala Sirisena too is preparing to come forward as the common candidate. There were three names initially and now there is talk about Maithripala, Chandrika, Karu Jayasuriya and Ranil Wickremesinghe. We proposed a common platform and a common symbol to the UNP and told them they could put forward one of their people. The ball is in the UNP’s court now. The UNP must score the goal.[/quote]
Leader of Democratic People’s Front, Mano Ganeshan said:
[quote]We wanted to create a common platform and that has been done. New people are joining this platform. We will announce the candidate at the right time. Let them first proclaim the election at midnight today.[/quote]
Question: If the common candidate is Ranil Wickremesinghe, will it shake up your common platform?
[quote]No. Ranil Wickremesinghe is a very talented leader. In our history, he is a leader who has rendered much service to the country. He is a leader who will accomplish more. A common candidate will come forward to obtain Ranil Wickremesinghe’s approval. That common candidate could be Ranil Wickremesinghe himself. No matter who it is, they will come forward with Ranil Wickremesinghe’s approval.[/quote]
Question: Will it be a problem for minority parties if a monk were to come forward?
[quote]No. I am speaking now of the Tamil, Muslim and Catholic people of this country. They have never been opposed to the journey of the monks. We had major problems with the war in the past but we voted for Sarath Fonseka. When you speak of monks, you are speaking of Venerable Sobitha Thera. He has carried out a major task in this country.[/quote]
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