Selecting A Candidate To Beat Mahinda Rajapaksa

hon_ranil_wickramasingheSelecting A Candidate To Beat Mahinda Rajapaksa

The Opposition’s search for a common candidate to challenge President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the forthcoming presidential election has proved to be elusive, so far.

But it should not be likened to the proverbial search of blind men in a dark room searching for a black cat which isn’t there. There are candidates with proven political potential to be chosen but the choice has been difficult due to the disparate views held by contending parties………..READ ALL

Karu’s candidacy dream disturbed by Chandrika’s shadow

Common Opposition candidate  

While other political parties of the opposition were having discussions with the Movement for a Just society on forming a common alliance before the next presidential election, the G-20 group of the main opposition party met on Friday evening to discuss its standpoint on fielding a UNP-backed common candidate.G-20 Group is the twenty member operations committee appointed by UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe to manage the party presidential election campaign and many were of the view that Friday’s group meeting would lead to a crucial decision with regard to the much-talked-about common candidate.

– See more at: http://www.nation.lk/edition/politics/item/35082-karu%E2%80%99s-candidacy-dream-disturbed-by-chandrika%E2%80%99s-shadow.html#sthash.5yGGJxXK.cm5kKuHt.dpuf

The hijacking of a political party

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The present controversy within the UNP over the choice of a presidential candidate is not what one would expect given the electoral gains they made so recently. Less than eight weeks ago, the UNP was riding high in the wake of the Uva Provincial Council elections. They had got no less than 40% of the votes in the province and actually won the Badulla, Hali Ela and Welimada electorates and come within a hair’s breadth of winning the Uva-Paranagama and Bandarawela electorates as well. This was the best showing that the UNP had been able to put up at any election since 2005 and it undoubtedly gave the government the fright of their lives. This result, combined with the reports of the burning of opposition ‘election offices’ in the Moneragala district had conveyed the impression to the country that the government was fighting a desperate rear guard action to retain the Uva province……. READ MORE

Ranil Prefers CBK To Karu 

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Daya Gamage makes a play for common candidate

A  lunch to placate: Last week we revealed exclusively how Ranil Wickremesinghe had removed Mangala Samaraweera and Krishantha Cooray from strategic media work and replaced them with his own trusted aides Erwin Werakkody and Sugath Chadrasekera. The news sent the UNP leadership into a tailspin – Dialog earning plenty of revenue thanks to the huge amount of calls that were made to each other and Wickremesinghe trying to limit the damage.  This week we exclusively reveal details of two luncheon meets aimed at trying to placate Mangala, soothe him down and massage his ego even if it meant being economical with the truth in that quest…………….  READ ALL

 

President is playing with fire – Somawansa Amarasinghe  

by Ruwan Laknath Jayakody

The political establishment of this country has already hinted at a possible Presidential Election in January 2015, and incumbent President and Leader of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Government, Mahinda Rajapaksa, is expected to contest the election seeking a third presidential term. Despite extensive discussions to field a common opposition candidate to challenge President Rajapaksa, in the event of an election, Leader of the United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickremesinghe recently announced his desire to contest under the elephant symbol representing the UNP. All this while, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has been silent about the impending election. Ceylon Today spoke to former JVP Leader, Somawansa Amarasinghe, to learn his party’s plans to face the upcoming election year.

Following are excerpts:

Right person, wrong person

My dear Satellite,
I thought I should write to you because there are whispers that you are back in business. You have been seen around town, talking to people and making your presence felt, all in anticipation of the big contest that is to be declared in the next few days.

I heard that you are part of Sri Lanka biggest ever manhunt: the search for the ‘common’ candidate. Although he (or indeed, she) is called the ‘common’ candidate, he seems to be quite uncommon because everybody is having a lot of difficulty in finding that person!………………  READ MORE

JHU Undecided

The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) says it has not taken a final decision on the Presidential elections as it is still awaiting a response from the Government to JHU proposals. JHU MP Udaya Gammanpila said there JHU do not press the Government to receive a response for the set of proposals since the date for the Presidential election has not been declared yet…………..   READ MORE

Polls on Jan 2; search for Opp. common candidate intensifies

President advances election date to ensure Pope’s visit; CBK emerges as contender

With the presidential elections advanced to January 2 next year to facilitate the Sri Lanka visit by Pope Francis, the main opposition United National Party (UNP) is still in search of a ‘common candidate.’

The task of finding one and forming a ‘common front’ has fallen on former UNP Chairman Malik Samarawickrema, now a Working Committee member and close confidant of national leader Ranil Wickremesinghe. He is now conducting talks with different opposition political parties and civil society organisations.The immediate choice has centred on former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga. She is learnt to have asked Samarawickrema for three days’ time to respond. Kumaratunga, who has been under pressure from her immediate family not to contest, some UNP lawyers believe, would have another impediment – the Supreme Court conviction in the Water’s Edge Case for corruption and the imposition of a fine of Rs. 3 million.

The move to seek a ‘common candidate’ and the formation of a ‘common front’ is part of the UNP leadership’s efforts to ward off a crossover to the UPFA Government by Mangala Samaraweera.  A former Foreign Minister in the Rajapaksa Government, Samaraweera is now a Vice President of the UNP.
The polls date has been advanced to January 2 from the earlier January 8 next year to allow more time to ensure all arrangements are in place for the visit of Pope Francis.