I am ready to contest presidential polls: Welgama

Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) MP Kumara Welgama said he was ready to accept the presidential candidacy and contest if his name would be nominated by the party.

Addressing a news briefing, he said he had been in the SLFP for 38 years and had not left the party under any circumstances.

“I am confident that I would be able to cope with the state of affairs and lead the country to a better position,” MP Welgama said.

“People know my character. I have worked for the people, and I am a straightforward person. People have faith in me,” MP Welgama added.

Highlighting the fact that SLFP had been steadfast right throughout history, he stressed that it was essential to field a presidential candidate from the SLFP.

However, he said the SLFP had not yet fielded a candidate.

“I raised the importance of fielding an SLFP candidate without losing its identity when I personally met with President Sirisena recently,” he said.

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