Sajith will be weakest opponent for Gota – Pavithra

Seemingly ecstatic about a Sajith Premadasa candidacy in the upcoming presidential election, Opposition MP Pavithra Wanniarachchi today said Premadasa would be the “weakest opponent” Sri Lanka Podujana Party (SLPP) candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa would have to face in the polls.

If, as speculated, Premadasa was nominated as the United National Party (UNP)’s candidate, an upbeat Wanniarachchi told journalists at SLPP headquarters this morning, voters would see a sequel to the film “Maithripala 2”.

“Nothing will make us happier than learning that Sajith Premadasa, who was apparently ready to be President from the day he was born, is named the UNP’s candidate,” the MP said, sharing her personal opinion about her party’s prospectives in the coming election.

Responding to questions from journalists, Wanniaracchi insisted that former Defence Ministry Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa will definitely be the SLPP’s presidential candidate.

“The people ask for Gotabaya Rajapaksa. It is not a decision taken at [Former President and Opposition Leader] Mahinda Rajapaksa’s tea table. He will never take such tea table decisions. We have a good idea of who the candidate should be, based on discussions we’ve held with Joint Opposition and SLPP members,” the MP added.

Asked if the Opposition Leader will name Gotabaya Rajapaksa on 11 August when he is expected to announce the party’s candidate, Wanniaracchi said she believes the elder Rajapaksa brother will indeed name Gotabaya as the SLPP candidate as no other political leader who understands the ‘pulse of the people’ has arisen in the country thus far.

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