Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has been advised to adopt a silent approach, without getting involved in the prevailing clashes of political opinion, for him to promote his image in order to realize his future political objectives. He is expected to mediate in decisive issues only, as he hopes to contest as the presidential or the prime ministerial candidate at the 2020 elections.
His advisers have pointed out to Gotabhaya that he has the ability to get noticed as the most suitable candidate irrespective of how Maithripala Sirisena and Mahinda Rajapaksa solve the power struggle within the SLFP. Therefore, he has been advised to have an understanding with both parties. Recently, a proposal came up to appoint Gotabhaya to a top position in the party. But, Mahinda had not agreed to that suggestion.