'UNP faces dilemma'
The decision taken by SLMC leader Rauff Hakeem and Democratic
People's Front Leader Mano Ganeshan to contest from the Kandy district
on the UNP ticket at the forthcoming General Election has led to a
crisis within the UNP.
A.R.M. Abdul Cader who has been a senior Parliamentarian is believed
to have opposed the fielding of Rauff Hakeem from the Kandy district.
His stand is that it was unwise for three Muslims to contest the Kandy
district on the UNP ticket. Meanwhile S. Rajaratnam who had represented
plantation Tamils for a long period and represented them in the Central
Provincial Council has also been disappointed over the advent of Mano
Ganeshan to the Kandy district.
The UNP has a possibility of winning four seats in the Kandy district
this time and there will be stiff competition among Lakshman Kiriella,
Abdul Cader, Rauff Hakeem, Mano Ganeshan, Renuka Herath, Mayantha
Dissanayake, Lucky Jayawardene and M.H.M. Haleem to vie for the slots.