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MR says Sajith would’ve lost election had he contested from Hambantota

ECONOMYNEXT – Had Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB) leader Sajith Premadasa contested from his previous electoral district of Hambantota for the upcoming parliamentary polls, he would certainly have lost, Prime MInister Mahinda Rajapaksa said.

Rajapaksa told a crowd of supporters at the ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP)’s final rally in Tangalle today that Premadasa abandoned United National Party (UNP) supporters in the district and moved to Colombo.

“UNPers in Hambantota are now helpless. Many UNP members met me recently and joined the SLPP. They say they don’t know what to do. Both factions are trying to grab power at [UNP headquarters] Sirikotha,” he said.

“People don’t vote at a general election for a party to grab power of a party head office. They have evidently forgotten this. People vote to elect a party suitable to develop the country,” he added.

Rajapaksa further said that ministers in the Yahapalana cabinet who represented the Hambantota district were helpless in the face of the Hambantota Port’s “sale”.

“We developed the Hambantota district. The Sooriyaweva of today is not what it was then. That town is now known worldwide thanks to the Sooriyaweva international cricket stadium. During the Yahapalana period, not a single international cricket match was played in that stadium. This was because it was a project spearheaded by us. Some asked what the point was of building a stadium so far away. They forgot that a village and town can improve through development,” he said.

“No government that comes into power for five years has the right to sell what belongs to future generations,” he added. (Colombo/Aug2/2020)

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