Minister Mangala Samaraweera says the most suited person to be the 2020 presidential candidate is Ranil Wickremesighe. It is a joke that those who want Wickremesinghe to leave the party leadership were from the joint opposition, he told LG bodies representatives of the party in Matara yesterday (12). He noted that Sirimavo Bandaranaike stayed in the SLFP leadership in the late 1980s despite the campaign against her by her son Anura, not because of any greed for the position, but because the party would have become anarchic without a leader.
He also recalled how he put up posters in every village in 1998-99 on behalf of Chandrika Kumaratunga, saying Wickremesinghe was incapable, as he was quite capable and was the main challenger.
According to Samaraweera, PM Wickremesinghe is the only leader who knows, without appeasing the gallery, the path the country should take. He would not have given concessions had he been the finance minister then, as that would have denied funding for health and education, he said.
State minister Eran Wickremaratne also attended.