How should former President Mahinda contest the General Election


President Maitripala Sirisena decided not to give prime ministerial candidacy or group leadership to former president Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday.

Reports say that this decision was taken at the discussion UPFA leaders had with the President last afternoon.

Former MP Vasudeva Nanayakkara who participated in the discussion said that the President had also decided not to give the UPFA election campaign leadership to Mahinda Rajapaksa.

However President Maitripala Sirisena discussed about this further with a group of senior SLFP leaders last night.

Political sources said that the President had decided to meet the UPFA leaders at the Presidential Secretariat at 10 a.m. today and officially inform them his decision.

Reports say that in addition an SLFP executive committee meeting also has been convened to be held this morning. 

Meanwhile representatives of parties and organizations of the faction that say that former president Mahinda Rajapaksa should be given prime ministerial candidacy held another discussion last night.

While this discussion was held at the former president’s residence in Colombo, a group of persons including former MPs G. L. Peiris, Dinesh Gunawardhana, Bandula Gunawardhana, Wimal Weerawansa, Wasudeva Nanayakkara, T. B. Ekanayake, Pavitraa Wanniaarachchi, Mahindaananda Aluthgamagey and  Y. G. Padmasiri, former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Udaya Gammanpila, and Venerable Somaananda Thero participated in the discussion.