Gota citizenship issue: There is no case – SLPP

The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) expressed its confidence today that the Court of Appeal will rule in favour of its presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa in the case against his purported dual citizenship tomorrow as “there is no case”.

Joint Opposition MP Anura Priyadarshana Yapa told journalists this afternoon that a contingency plan was not necessary for the party as Rajapaksa’s documents were always in order.

“From the face of it, we can see that there is no case for us to get alarmed over. We’re sure that [the process of securing Rajapaksa’s citizenship] was done in a lawful manner; so we don’t have to consider a contingency plan,” he said.

The matter would have to be concluded tomorrow, he added.

The MP also cast doubt over the writ petition before the Supreme Court filed this afternoon seeking a suspension on the gazette that announced the presidential election.

“Once you call for elections and the constitution demands that these are the time slots to call for nominations and fix dates for the election, I don’t see any point in going before the Supreme Court. I cannot understand why the SLFP former mayor has done that. We shall wait and see,” he said.

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