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Basil promises resounding victory for SLPP, says runner up won’t receive half its votes

ECONOMYNEXT – Promising a resounding victory for the ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) at Wednesday’s (5) parliamentary polls, SLPP national organiser Basil Rajapaksa said the party coming in second won’t win even half the votes cast in favour of his party.

“If we get seven million votes, the party that comes in second won’t even get 3.5 million,” he said.

Speaking at a press conference this morning, Rajapaksa predicted that the opposition United National Party (UNP) or “the party that claims to own the UNP”, a reference to the Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB), will not secure even a single electoral district.

“We do think, however, that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will win at least three districts. There will be a competition for two electoral districts in the eastern province between us and them, but we think that we can win those two as well,” he said.

Commenting on Sri Lanka’s minority communities, Rajapaksa, younger brother of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, said the SLPP is making a “massive effort” to bring every community together.

“Our party is not limited to a single religion or race but unfortunately, only one community has joined hands with us,” Rajapaksa said.

He further said the SLPP is expecting to be a party belonging to every religion and ethnic group in the country.

“Work together with us without spitting on our extended hand,” he said.

Rajapaksa said his party would honestly like different groups that represent all communities and religions to join it.

“We are only against extremism and racism. We’re not against any race or religion,” he added. (Colombo/Aug2/2020)





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