Advantage Gothabaya Rajapaksa in Sri Lanka Presidential Elections

Sri Lanka PodujanaPeramuna (SLPP) Presidential candidate, former defense secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa had a good omen as he held inaugural rally of his election campaign at the Salgado playground in Anuradhapura

Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has decided Gotabhaya Rajapaksa's election campaign. SLFP leader, President Maithripala Sirisena has decided to stay neutral during the 2019 presidential election and will not support any candidate which is in keeping with the fact that he was supported by the UNP for the Presidential elections that were held last time.

The SLFP however will enter into a formal agreement with the SLFP.One agreement is to be signed between the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and the Sri Lanka PodujanaPeramuna. The other agreement will be signed by the SLFP with the presidential candidate Gotabhaya RajapaksaThe MoU with Gotabhaya Rajapaksa will be obtained as a pledge before the SLFP electoral and district organizers at a SLFP convention.

The support of the SLFP will strengthen the position of the SLFP candidate as the two parties were in fact united at one point of time and had split with the SLPP formed by the Rajapaksa brothers.

The inaugural rally was held under the theme "Successful Vision - Functioning Country" to ensure the victory of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was held under the patronage of the Leader of the Opposition of the Sri Lanka People's PodujanaPeramuna Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Arrangements have been made to hold similar campaign rallies throughout the country ahead of the Nov 16 election. A large gathering including political party leaders and representatives of various organizations supporting Gotabhaya Rajapaksa participated in the rally.
Largest number of candidates in the history of Sri Lanka presidential elections have placed deposits to run for the upcoming presidential polls in November.

A total of 41 candidates have placed their deposits during the period of deposit which ended at 12 noon Sunday. Among them are a Buddhist monk and a woman.

Eight candidates have placed their cash deposits today alone. TNA MP MK Sivajilingam and former UPFA MP and Eastern Province Governor MLAM Hizbullah are also among the candidates handed deposits.................

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