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Contradicting the earlier reports, it is now been said that Basil Rajapakse has decided not to resign his seat in Parliament.

Reports earlier said that Rajapaksa had decided to resign from Parliament in order to devote his time to organizing the presidential campaign which may come up in the near future.

Hemal Gunasekera who got the highest preferential vote list from the UPFA in Matara was to be Basil’s successor in Parliament.

Basil Rajapakse addressing the media in Matale at the Noritake Porcelain factory in Rattota said that he would be making a statement on his move to resign on October 20th when the parliament meets.

Even last Thursday he reportedly confirmed that he was planning to resign from Parliament as it would be too much of work as the chief organizer of the Presidential campaign and to continue work as a MP.

The News of his resignation was not much of a surprise as everyone in the Sri Lankan political scene knows that Basil is the planner and the strategist in the Rajapaksa government.

An Insider of the Government said “Rajapaksa has already proved his mettle as a capable political strategist and an election campaigner. And naturally everyone would expect him to be at the helm of the party’s propaganda and organizational machinery come a national election” .

During the last presidential campaign of Mahinda Rajapakse, the UPFA election campaign manager was Mangala Samaraweera who has walked over to support the opposition now. 

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