No matter when the next general election to be held, do not even think about an election without former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, SLFP Media Spokesperson and former Minister Dilan Perera said.
“Beyond any doubt, the former President will back the party at the forthcoming election,” Perera added.
He also went into say he is not of the view that Mahinda Rajapaksa would do anything to sabotage the party for personal gain.
“S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike’s son Anura Bandaranaike left the party once. Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga did the same. Even President Maithripala Sirisena who was the general secretary of the party for over 14-years defected, but not Mahinda Rajapaksa. He always contributed to the development of the party,” Perera asserted.
Responding to a recent observation made by the President on not giving nominations to the former President, Perera said that “If there was any doubt about giving nominations to him, that situation has now changed. We will create a coalition government with President Sirisena and former President Rajapaksa where they will rule the country together.”