It will be an easy win for the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) if the United National Party (UNP) led opposition, which has been divided into factions, contests the upcoming general election jointly, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said.
He was speaking at the launching ceremony of the book ‘Ape Satana Kaatun Esin’, a collection of newspaper cartoons compiled by the Leader of the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya, former Colombo District Parliamentarian Udaya Gammanpila, at the Sri Sambuddhathva Jayanthi Mandiraya in Colombo yesterday.
Rajapaksa said that he was confident that the SLPP led by him wins the April’s election with a majority seats in Parliament.
Reminding that Gammanpila was behind his return into politics soon after the 2015 presidential election defeat, Rajapaksa said that it is hard to chase Mahinda Rajapaksa away after entering politics for the second time.
SLPP Chairman Prof. G.L. Peiris said the election win of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is still incomplete until the SLPP gets a majority power in Parliament.
“The electoral system of the country is a great disaster. It has a close relationship with the corruption. We need a two-thirds majority to change this system,” he said.
According to him, protecting a two-thirds majority in parliament is difficult than obtaining such a majority through an election.
He said the newspaper cartoonists and the editors are main stakeholders of the election win of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in 2019.
Many local media institutions were helpful for them to bring the SLPP’s struggle against the then government to the people, he said.
During the yesterday’s event, 18 cartoonists from different local newspapers were felicitated by the Prime Minister.