- President and Prime Minister to visit Anuradhapura for blessings prior to launch
- PM to start campaign by opening his election office in Kurunegala
- Pledges to follow health guidelines during entire campaign
The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) will officially launch its election campaign on Sunday with the participation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa from Anuradhapura, the SLPP said in a statement.
Accordingly, the President and the Prime Minister will visit the Sri Maha Bodhi to engage in religious observation to obtain the blessing of the sacred Bodhi ahead of the election.
The SLPP candidates will also join to obtain blessings.
The SLPP prime ministerial candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa will open his election office in Kurunegala on Sunday and will formally commence meetings to promote the party’s policies. “Opening of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s election office will mark the official launch of the election campaign,” the SLPP statement said.
The statement also said that the SLPP will follow health guidelines during the campaign and maintain social distancing at every event. It further stated the SLPP will conduct an eco-friendly campaign mirroring what was done at last year’s Presidential Election.
Meanwhile, SLPP candidate former MP Gamini Lokuge speaking to media at SLPP head office said they would have a better chance of winning two-thirds of Parliament seats due to a tussle between the United National Party (UNP) and the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB).
“The UNP and SJB are struggling to figure out what they should do at the moment. The tussle between the two groups frustrated UNP supporters. The SJB is attempting to take over the UNP. They are not focusing on the election, which will be beneficial for us,” he said.
According to Lokuge, the Government was able to successfully control the COVID-19 outbreak and pointed out that only two clusters are being reported at the moment. He noted there were no reports of infected individuals being identified outside those two clusters.
“The public is aware of how we worked to control the COVID-19 outbreak. They are aware that the Government is capable of bringing the country back to normalcy and address economic challenges that arose due to COVID-19 outbreak. We are the only party who can do that,” he said.