How Basil got Ranil 134 votes…
Many sources said that Ranil Wickramasinghe will win the election for the presidency, but no one thought that he would win with such a large number of votes. By last night, there were rumors that he would get 120 votes. But he finally managed to record an excellent victory by getting 134 votes.
We have received a record of how those 134 votes were received.
Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna – 101
Sri Lanka Freedom Party MPs – 7
Samagi Jana Balavegaya – 8
EPDP – 2
Ceylon Labor Congress – 2
People’s United Front – 3
Muslim MPs – 3
Members of Vasudeva Nanayakkara’s party – 1
Pillaiyan – 1
Arvind Kumar – 1
C. V. Wigneswaran – 1
Tamil National Alliance – 2
A.L.M. Ataullah – 1
National Freedom Front – 1
have expressed their support to Ranil Wickramasinghe.
As soon as it was announced that Dallas Alahapperuma and Sajith Premadasa would contest together, many people thought that in that situation, the votes of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna would be divided into two and an advantageous situation would arise for Dallas Alahapperuma.
But the operation to get high support of up to 134 MPs while preserving Pohottu votes was mainly carried out under the initiative of Basil Rajapaksa, National Organizer of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna. It can be considered as an example of his organizational ability. Also, it can be said that in the new government, people representing 14 different parties have joined the new government and it shows the characteristics of an all-party government.