Basil Rajapaksa is behind the campaign being carried out by minister Mangala Samaraweera to prevent Gotabhaya Rajapaksa from contesting the next presidential election, a top leader of Viyath Maga said. He is responding to questions posed by Lanka News Web about speculation in political circles that Basil’s supporters are supporting a campaign against Basil, as retired military members of the organization and leaders of the SLPP are having a differing opinion with regard to the presidential candidate.
He said on condition of anonymity that SLPP leaders and close associates of minister Samaraweera are involved in a media campaign against Gotabhaya and Viyath Maga.
Gota says Basil will support him
Gotabhaya says he is prepared to contest the presidential election, but that it is up to ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa to take the decision. If he decides so, Basil too, will support him, Gotabhaya has told Neth FM radio.