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President has not changed his stand on rejecting Mahinda Rajapakasa as Prime Minister.

Colombo, July 31 -- President Maithripala Srisena has clearly and categorically stated that he would not appoint Mahinda Rajapaksa as the next Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. Until now President has not changed his position regarding the appointment of the Prime Minister.

Patali Champika Ranawaka was responding,when asked about President's position regarding the appointment of a Prime Minister, he pointed out that President has very clearly and categorically stated that he will not appoint Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Prime Minister.

Champika Ranawaka said that the position of the President on the appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa stands without any changes.

He said . hypothetically, in case Mahinda Rajapaksa is appointed as the Prime Minister, then there would always move by the Mahinda Rajapaksa - Prime Minister to unsettle the presidency. There will be instability as the President and the Prime Minister - both would be at loggerheads and the country would be undergoing political chaos.

On the 14th of July President Maithripala Srisena has said, Quote: "The first demand was to appoint Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Prime Minister after the election and to name him as the Prime Minister candidate. Next was to oppose some proposals presented in the Parliament. At that meeting held in the Parliament, I point blankly rejected the demand to appoint Mr. Rajapaksa as the Prime Minister or to nominate him as the Prime Minister candidate. I said that I disagree with the requests. Then the representatives queried why I opposed the requests. I said I do not wish to reverse the January 8th victory."End Quote

President Maithripala Srisena also said Quote:I do not say that Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa is powerful even today. Mahinda Rajapaksa who was defeated on January 8th will be defeated again.End Quote

"Therefore to avoid such stormy political situation, the country needs a stable government and a stable political alliance which could work smoothly with the elected President, he said.

When asked about the latest rumor floating around - when Mahinda Rajapaksa becomes the Prime Minister, "Presidency is only one gunshot away."

Champika Ranawaka said this is serious and said people of this country will not allow such a despicable political scenario to unfold in this country, where Buddhism and Lord Buddha's teaching are given the foremost place in the day to day life of our people."

He said "don't worry, Mahinda Rajapaksa and his cohorts would be comprehensively defeated in this parliamentary election."

When commenting about the ongoing parliament election, National Good Governance Secretary and Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said, It is OK. We are going well. The middle class and the undecided voters are sinking towards UNF. Furthermore, the general campaign of the UPFA is declining and SLFP couldn't do their propaganda without the state machinery through which 20% of the votes can be influenced and they don't have the Samurthi recipients of 1.4 million which amounts to nearly 5 million votes.

The UPFA political campaign is now confined to individuals and can't see any general organized campaigns - he said.

He further said, But on the other hand the UNF have our own general campaign as well, because various sections of the community are properly reflected in our candidates' list and in our campaign propaganda machinery.

"So we can begin with the gathering of the forces like liberal forces, nationalist forces, social democratic forces, left lean forces and alliances. "

Champika Ranawaka pointed that "Even before the commencement of the general election, we have achieved national reconciliation because all the different sectors of the society are being properly represented. This is the only hope for the future undivided Sri Lanka."

When asked about the position of the Northern Tamils and recent comments by him in another interview with an Indian newspaper that Northern Tamils also must come forward to integrate with the Sinhalese of this country, he said that I think I have been quoted out of context.

"What I said was that plantation Indian Tamils led earlier by senior Thondaman - Saumiyamoorthy Thondaman worked with the Sinhalese harmoniously and that is why they socially and economically improved. "

He lamented that in the case of the Northern Tamil Leaders they try to disintegrate from the country that cost disastrous consequences for the Tamil society. Due to this regressive position adopted by the Northern Tamil leaders, the Tamils are far behind economically and socially and also far behind the Sinhalese, Muslims and the Plantation Indians.

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Date:Jul 31, 2015
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