Addressing a press briefing held in Colombo today (26) he stated that discussions between left wing political parties over appointing a common candidate, had fallen through.
Several left wing parties including the Frontline Socialist Party and Nawa Sama Samaja Party have held discussions on this regard, he revealed.
He further stated that he decided to contest, as an agreement could not be reached in those discussions.
Siritunga Jayasuirya contested the 2005 presidential election as well.
The 4,000-strong Lawyers’ Collective (LC) pledged their unstinted support for the common candidate, Maithripala Sirisena, adding that they would also be speaking at every rally of Sirisena’s political campaign highlighting the need to abolish the Executive Presidency.