UNP MP S.M. Marikkar said that deep down Mahinda Rajapaksa anticipates Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s defeat at the forthcoming Presidential Election.
Marikkar said so participating in the inauguration ceremony of the stage two of the Orugodawatta-Ambatale road development project in Low Level Road. The stretch of road between Orugodawatta and Ambatale is to be constructed with an allocation of Rs.1950 million under the project.He said that by the time the election is over, there will be an executive president, who shall be the seventh executive President in the country, and that President will be from the United National Party.
“Then there will be another election which will be held after a dissolution of Parliament which takes place on February 18. It is in that general election that the UNP expects to secure 130 seats and establish a government of its own, a distinct UNP government,” he stressed.
“We have obvious reasons to say so. The people of this country defeated the Rajapaksas in the previous Presidential election not just to put an end theft, fraud, squandering and corruption but also to end the military rule, the era of dictatorship and the white van culture.
“That being the case, Mahinda Rajapaksa is subconsciously anticipating Gota’s fall at the upcoming election. It is Goata’s defeat that capacitates Mahinda Rajapaksa to keep the party leadership. Then his son Namal Rajapaksa can take the party leadership position in another five years,” Marikkar pointed out.
“If by some ill-fate Gotabaya accomplished victory, Namal’s future becomes uncertain and will be be in ruins,” he said.
“The Rajapaksa subjects are deceitful. The majority of non-partisan middle class are afraid of a military and a dictatorial era again. The middle class and civil organisations have gathered around the UNP to prevent the advent of a military and a dictatorial rule,” he said.