Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today denied that the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) is divided and said that the reason he did not form his own party to contest the election is because he was not ready to abandon the SLFP for his personal gain.
Mr Rajapaksa held his first question-and-answer session since the January Presidential Election defeat on his Facebook page today (July 23), answering a range of questions — from his vision for the country if elected, economic plans and his reason for returning to politics.
“Education will be a big focus for us to develop the youth and talent in Sri Lanka,” the UPFA’s prime ministerial candidate said in response to a question regarding increasing budget spending on education.
When asked as to why he decided to contest the parliamentary polls and whether the UPFA is divided due to his decision, the ex-President responded saying: “I have come forward at the request of the majority of my party and the UPFA and most importantly the people of this country.”
“UPFA is not divided at all,” he assured.
Asked whether the party’s election manifesto for this campaign was a revived version of Mahinda Chinthana, he conceded that they have used the ‘Mahinda Chinthana’ that had to be discontinued after 08th of January.
“But during the last few months we have started to look at things in a fresh manner and there would be new ideas which are essential for the development of the nation which we will adopt during the next 5 years.”