Former Minister Champika Ranawaka has stated that Ranil is the only Sinhala leader who can establish unity and win the hearts of the North. It is because he is a democrat. North will recognize only democratic minded Sinhalese leaders.
He was speaking at a meeting in Nugegoda. He added that if Mahinda had won and become the President he would have suppressed the north. If you suppress the reasonable rights of a people there will be no peace. North wants Mahinda to be defeated.