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Rajapaksa’s brother to contest Parliamentary polls

Basil Rajapaksa,the powerful adviser to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his brother signed his nomination papers to contest the April 8 Parliamentary elections.

Written by Agencies | Colombo | Published: February 19, 2010 2:34 pm

Basil Rajapaksa,the powerful adviser to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his brother on Friday signed his nomination papers to contest the April 8 Parliamentary elections.

Basil filed his nomination papers from Gampaha district in the Western Province.

He was also a member of the dissolved Parliament is the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force for the Development of the North.

He will contest from the ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) coalition ticket.

Basil was sent to India in December last year as a part of a three member high level delegation to discuss the rehabilitation process in Northern Sri Lanka.

Besides Basil,the team comprised of Secretary to the President,Lalith Weeratunga,and Defence Secretary (and another brother of the President) Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

The team had assured New Delhi that the Rajapaksa Government was committed to resettling all internally displaced persons (IDPs) of Tamil origin speedily.

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