I will back Vimukthi Kumaratunga, if he enters politics – Welgama


MP Kumara Welgama said, he will unreservedly back any endeavour made by former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga’s son, Vimukthi Kumaratunga, to enter mainstream politics and charter a new political journey with the SLFP.

He said, he has not been officially informed to date of any move made by the Ex-President’s son, to step into Sri Lankan politics.

But, he insisted if any decision is made by the UK-based veterinarian to that effect, he will wholeheartedly throw his lot with the youngster.

Welgama says that the country is ripe for a new political journey to be chartered by the youth, with the blessings of veteran politicians.

Although he said he vehemently opposed decisions made by any of her offspring to get enmeshed in local party politics, he wished to look at it from a different perspective.

Vimukthi Kumaratunga hails from an illustrious family with his mother being a former Head of State, his late father a beloved artiste and both his grandparents being former Premiers, he opined.

When asked whether he was championing the cause for family politics, which is currently eschewed by the public here, he maintained there was nothing wrong in it, as long as it has the blessings of the voters.

Welgama also remarked he will be engaged in party politics at best for a further decade.

He vowed that if his son Senal Welgama too were to follow in his footsteps, he will endorse it, but, insisted he will then not venture to contest from the same District, as it would deprive the opportunity for another individual to contest the Poll.

By Jatila Karawita