SLPP Gampaha District Committee decides unanimously to back Gota

Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Gampaha District Committee, yesterday, decided unanimously that former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa should be the party’s Presidential candidate, MP and the leader of SLPP in the District Prasanna Ranatunga told media.

Ranatunga said that their decision would soon be conveyed to Opposition Leader, Mahinda Rajapaksa. Gampaha District Committee comprises of SLPP MPs, provincial and local councilors, representatives from unions and affiliate bodies.

"People want Gotabaya Rajapaksa to be our Presidential candidate. We discussed the matter and our unanimous decision was that the former defence secretary was the ideal candidate. Mahinda Rajapaksa is to declare who our

Presidential candidate at the party convention on August 11. Hopefully, he will also listen to what we have to say," he said.

Ranatunga added that the UNP didn’t even have a proper Presidential candidate. "Some people think they will be given the chance, but they have forgotten that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will decide who the party’s candidate will. Ranil doesn’t want to win elections but to stay as party leader."

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