President urged to support MRs campaign

Political allies of former President Mahinda Rajapakse have requested President Maithripala Sirisena to join him on stage during the campaign for the August 17 Parliamentary Elections.There were reports that Sirisena will not support any political party at the elections despite being a member from the same party as Rajapakse who he defeated at the Presidential Elections in January. Opposition United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) member Vasudeva Nanayakkara said that the party had made a request to Sirisena to come on stage during the UPFA’s election campaigns but were yet to receive a response from him. “We have requested the President to join us in the election campaigns and we will await his decision,” Nanayakkara said. Rajapakse has been appointed by Sirisena to lead the UPFA’s election campaign which will hold its maiden rally in Anuradhapura, in the country’s North Central Province, later this week. Rajapakse will be contesting the polls from the Kurunegala District in the North Western Province.Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who will be spearheading the ruling United National Party’s (UNP) election campaign and who will be contesting from the Colombo District said last week that he expects Sirisena to stay away from the August 17 election campaigns. (Colombo Gazette)