UNP will talk to all Opposition parties: Ranil

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The UNP would talk to all Opposition parties and decide on a collective stance on holding elections though it was not the most important factor at the moment, UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday.

Mr Wickremesinghe expressed this sentiment while speaking to UNP Organizations at Temple Trees last afternoon.

“We will decide on a stance with regard to an election after discussing the issue with all political parties. I believe that the present Parliament could go on till August 20, 2020.

“However, it will not go on until such time as Presidential Election could be held before that. However, an election could be held only after installing a legal Government,” Mr Wickremesinghe said.

“The main issue the country is facing today is the Constitutional crisis. What we should consider is whether we are to go for a referendum to get people’s opinion on the Constitution,” he added.

He said that some were talking about an election as they think they could win at the election.

“The No Confidence Motion (NCM) on the Government has been duly approved and is included in the Hansard.

“We all saw what took place in Parliament on Friday. The Speaker had to come with Police protection to begin sessions legally. The Supreme Court had held that sessions are legal only when the Speaker is present in the chambers with the Mace as per the verdict was given in the case Samarakody vs Attorney General in 1950s.

“Those who did not have the majority in the House created havoc. They threw a Bible at one of our MPs. The MP who threw the Bible at Opposition MPs were a Catholic. They would have thrown the Dhamma Pada as well if a copy was available inside the Chambers,” he also said.

Mr Wickremesinghe warned that commotion could take place when the motion to stop the expenditure head of the new Constitution is debated in the House on November 29 2019.

“This procedure is being followed as per the Standing Orders as requested by the President,” he said.

Mr Wickremesinghe then stressed the need for carrying out awareness programmes in the national, district and constituency level.

He advised the organizers to work with other political parties in doing so.

He is also expected to meet Provincial Council members and members of Local Government members shortly. (Yohan Perera)

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  • Siripala Thursday, 22 November 2018 06:41 AM

    Good luck.Be brave and don't crumble to pressure

    concern Thursday, 22 November 2018 06:53 AM

    Very confusing.Which opposition he is talking about.Also holding elections ?? All of us waiting for the verdict from sc on Dec.7. Until then nobody knows the outcome Finally the ncm approved by whom when the procedure was not followed even at the second time.Are we having two governments functioning at the same time ??

    Gamaya Thursday, 22 November 2018 06:57 AM

    Very good Mr W. But please also tell the people as to when you will get off and hand over our party to a younger and more creative leadership. We are waiting for that day.

    Citizen Thursday, 22 November 2018 07:00 AM

    The problem having elections is that you can't win any election on your own.

    ranmala Thursday, 22 November 2018 07:19 AM

    Ranil it is time for you to step down from the pedestal and bring in a more suitable person. You did nothing while in power. You did not take action against the wrong doers You guys were brought into power for that reason only. Your performance was very dismal. You shielded all the culprits. Now you are paying the price for it. The masses are not going to send any of the rouges to the parliament again

    NAMAL Thursday, 22 November 2018 07:36 AM

    RW WHERE'S YOUR CBSL ROBBERY MANGO FRIENDS WHY DID YOU CORNERED MS NOW BEGGING SPREE YOUR ENTIRE PLAN WITH MR ONCE AGAIN BOOMERANG TO YOU NEVER LEARN A POLITICAL LESSONS NOW ITS TOO LATE YOU TOO MUCH TRUSTED MR TOO LATE

    Adrianlamb Thursday, 22 November 2018 07:48 AM

    Time to go. Enough of you. We need a new leader now.

    Adrianlamb Thursday, 22 November 2018 07:50 AM

    Time to go.

    joshua Thursday, 22 November 2018 12:41 PM

    A grand alliance is the way to go. But need a young leader like Sajith to forge ahead. We need to ensure that MR and SLPP does not get anywhere near majority.

    Jayan Thursday, 22 November 2018 08:07 PM

    UNP does not have the support of majority of the people.

    Ceylon Thursday, 22 November 2018 08:29 PM

    Unpatriotic collective stance

    Manu Friday, 23 November 2018 08:36 AM

    All havoc because of your undemocratic behavior.


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