Sri Lankan media on Sunday reported that former minister Basil Rajapakse , Mahinda Rajapakse and Namal Rajapakse spearheaded a campaign with the help of a few aides to get Ranil Wickrmasinghe elected as country’s President last week.
Sunday Times political column noted Basil was armed with files containing information on ruling SLPP MPs and wanted them to vote for Wickremesinghe.
Also talking on the telephone to SLPP parliamentarians was former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. His son and ex-minister Namal Rajapaksa met most of them personally and urged them to vote for Ranil Wickremesinghe. When he won convincingly, Namal Rajapaksa hosted a party on Wednesday night to celebrate Wickremesinghe’s victory the report further said.