Oct 19, 2018

Basil starts vying for presidential candidacy Featured

Basil Rajapaksa has started vying for the joint opposition presidential candidature by holding seminars by intellectuals in the Gotabhaya Rajapaksa model in order to garner support, ‘Anidda’ reports.

He already conducted a seminar by a SLPP-affiliate engineers’ front, at Colombo’s Hotel Taj Samudra on October 14.

Basil has decided to hold a series of seminars by organizations in the style of Gotabhaya’s Viyath Maga and Eliya.

At the seminar by the engineers’ front, speakers commended the armed forces members for ending the war, but made no reference to the former defence secretary.

What they stressed was that Basil should give leadership for future development, as he has done a lot for the country.

A party leader in the JO said it was more likely that Mahinda Rajapaksa would choose Basil as their presidential candidate.

According to him, Basil has already started proceedings to get his US citizenship annulled.

Speaking in parliament recently, minister Mangala Samaraweera said Basil is a talented politician who should have a place in any government.

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