Tuesday, 07 July 2015 - 13:00
President's stand on giving nominations to Mahinda Rajapaske is vague; the Hindu reports
Hindu news paper reports that there seems to be lack of clarity about President Maithripala Sirisena’s position on the Sri Lanka Freedom Party led United People’s Freedom Alliance’s move to provide former President Mahinda Rajapaksa with a ticket to contest in the August 17th parliamentary polls.
Ever since the UPFA general secretary Susil Premajayantha’s statement was made public on Friday, announcing the nomination of Mahinda Rajapaksa, silence has been the response of the President.
This was not the case on earlier occasions, when the President’s office promptly denied reports in sections of the press about a possible meeting between the two leaders.
But, the absence of any emphatic reaction from President Maithripala Sirisena need not be construed as a sign of his approval for former President Rajapaksa’s nomination
However, preparation of nomination list of the SLFP has not been finalized yet.
Meanwhile, Western Provincial Council Chief Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said that an alternative plan is ready for former president Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest the election if he is denied nominations under UPFA at the last snag.
He stated this to the newspaper briefing program "Paththare Visthare" on Hiru TV this morning.