Under the plan, the television station will accompany Gotabhaya to the villages and discuss problems of the public, in order to portray him as a populist leader.
Also, it plans to campaign against prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and to sabotage the political plans by Gotabhaya’s brother Basil.
Basil’s becoming strong politically is seen as an obstacle to Gotabhaya’s entry into politics, with the latter not attending any of the political functions organized by the former.
Gotabhaya himself accompanied some academics under a programme titled ‘Viyath Maga’ and visited the villages.
The idea to promote Gotabhaya is said to be by Milinda Moragoda,chairman of the NGO Path Finder.
Reports say Path Finder is collaborating with China Institute of Contemporary International Relations in a plan to secure the SLFP’s presidential or prime ministerial candidature for Gotabhaya in 2020.