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Friday, August 21, 2015

We made him the chairman of the party: we did not market him – Ruwan Ranatunga


We made him the chairman of the party: we did not market him – Ruwan Ranatunga

Former UPFA MP Ruwan Ranatunga, at a media briefing to provide reasons for defeat in Minuwangoda, on Friday stated

We made President Maithripala Sirisena the chairman of the party and we did not market him.

He added:

In addition, we saw there was division among the groups and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was instrumental in creating groups in the district but he may have been or have not been aware of that.

He went no to note:

For example there was the Maithri group and the Mahinda group in the Gampaha District. I received 49,600 votes from the people of the Gampaha District and after the victory it was said that I was moving to the UNP and a group including the former Chief Minister had conspired to defeat me since the day of the polls. They had made a list of 11 names including those of Lasantha Alagiyawanne, Sudarshini Fernandopulle and distributed it across the district asking the people to only vote for them – and people asked the question from me personally.

He said:

One thing is clear , that is I will not move to the United National Party. These conspiracies have led to the defeat and that is why we failed to establish a government

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