Min. Rajitha Senaratna grilled on decision to give nomination to Rajapaksa

Min. Rajitha Senaratna grilled on decision to give nomination to Rajapaksa

Min. Rajitha Senaratna grilled on decision to give nomination to Rajapaksa

Written by Lahiru Fernando

09 Jul, 2015 | 10:24 pm

Speaking at a press conference convened on Thursday, July 9, to elaborate on decisions reached by Cabinet, journalists grilled Minister Rajitha Senaratna on former president Rajapaksa being provided nomination to contest the August polls.

In reply, Cabinet Spokesperson Minister Rajitha Senaratne noted that when the nominations were submitted to the president in the morning, the primary request was that nominations not be given to persons charged with drugs and other malpractices.

He added that president, who has been a member of the party for 47 years with 13 of them as a general secretary, thinks more of the party than any-other. He said the president thinks whether he will be the reason for the party to split or whether he will be party to a sin. Taking the options, the party or the policy, into consideration, the president was vested with the party, being asked to steer the party ahead. Minister Rajitha Senaratne also noted that several changes were made on behalf of the party.

Question (Journalist) : 6.2 million people voted against Mahinda Rajapaksa. If he obtained more votes and becomes the Prime Minister, that would be a betrayal to the 6.2 million people.

Answer (Min. Rajitha) : Yes. That will create an issue. There will be objections

Question (Journalist) : Has it been signed already?

Answer (Min. Rajitha) : That can change.

Question (Journalist) : Are you disappointed?

Answer (Min. Rajitha) : No. Not at all. We are facing this election in a crisis situation.

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