There was speculation among Joint opposition members and parliamentarians that Gotabaya Rajapakshe will be the next presidential candidate, When asked from Gotabaya, he asked journalist to pose the question to Mahinda Rajapakshe. Further Basil Rajapakshe’s name too reported to have been suggested.
When journalist posed the question about the name of the Joint Opposition’s presidential candidate, former president Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday he said that, People are talking about former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa as a popular presidential candidate, but he has not yet discussed the matter with me.
We will name a candidate when the government announces the election. We have to decide on the matter considering the situation that exists at that point of time. Also one does not declare presidential candidates months before the election, he concluded.