This is due to this sudden decision taken by him despite a prominent country in this region and the west being of the opinion that the issues of the estate sector could be resolved by the Sajith Premadasa led UNF.
However, Thondaman told the media that he had held discussions with both Sajith Premadasa and Gotabhaya Rajapaksa regarding 32 issues faced by the estate population and based on their responses received the executive committee of the party had taken the decision to back Gotabhaya.
Several party leaders joined the media briefing.
Meeting between Deputy US Ambassador and Thondaman
Meanwhile, the Deputy American Ambassador Martin T. Kelly and Leader of the Lanka Labour Congress Thondaman met at the Nuwara Eliya Golf Club recently.
The duo had discussed the current political situation in the country, the presidential election and the issues of the estate sector.
The media reported that Thondaman had participated in this meeting in response to an invitation by the US Embassy and they had discussed these matters for around an hour.
The Political Officer of the US Embassy John H. Bitget, Deputy Leader of the Lanka Workers Congress Sentil Thondaman, S. Rajadorei and several other US Embassy officials had participated in this meeting.
Economy cannot be developed disregarding China- Basil
Meanwhile, the SLPP Founder Basil Rajapaksa had told the Hindu Newspaper that there is no evidence that India or any other party had supported the Opposition Coalition during the 2015 presidential election.
He had said that India and Sri Lanka are close friends and both countries share a strong bond especially in areas of politics and security matters.
However, he had said that it is not possible to disregard China in terms of economic development.
Basil Rajapaksa had said that the aim is to obtain at least 6.5 million votes for Gotabhaya Rajapaksa at the presidential election.
Around 15.99 million voters are eligible to vote at this presidential election and it is anticipated that at least 80% of them will use their vote.