SB on common candidate issue
UNP National Organizer S.B. Dissanayake said yesterday that his party would reach a decision regarding a common candidate for the presidential election in another week, in consultation with everyone concerned, adding that former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka was the man of the match of the war against terrorism.
“Gen. Fonseka is a person loved and admired by the people of this country due to his war victory. In fact, he is the real hero in the war against terrorism. He is the man of the match,” said Mr. Dissanayake.
He said that UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, Deputy Leader Karu Jayasuriya, Gen. Fonseka and former Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva were being considered by various elements as possible nominees for the presidential election.
He said, “My name is also being mentioned. Anyway, we will take a final decision after one week. So, let us not talk about it at this hour. We are yet to take a final decision on the matter.”
He was answering questions raised by journalists at a press conference. The UNP National Organizer said that the opposition had the potential to win the presidential election by fielding a viable candidate.
Asked whether that meant that the UNP leader was not a better candidate, he replied, “I do not say so.”
He said,: “As far as I am concerned the government has already decided to conduct the Presidential Election first. The President will announce it only on November 15. They won’t have both the elections on the same day. It is a mere statement to hoodwink the masses.”