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By Sumaiya Rizvi


UNP Member of Parliament Sajith Premadasa, during a live audio broadcast on Daily Mirror Online today, said that the modernization process of the UNP should be an open, transparent and democratic process and not a process whereby a single voice or single opinion dominates the whole agenda.

“You have the Deputy leader’s position, the national organizers position, various assistant secretaries and several other positions and responsibilities attached to the party constitution. So the modernization process should be an open, transparent and democratic process and not a process whereby a single voice or single opinion dominates the whole agenda which is why we are going by a process which includes all the pressure groups and organizations in the party,” the UNP MP said. 

Responding to a question from a caller on the live program who asked if he would take up the leadership role of the UNP, Mr. Premadasa said that being in positions is not a pre-requisite to contribute to the progression of the UNP or bring peace and prosperity to the country.

“I shall do my utmost to ensure that our party is victorious and that our party is well equipped to face all future political challenges and I hope whatever positions that I attain that process is a process of democracy rather than a process of selection,” the UNP MP said during the interview. (Daily Mirror online)

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  • Tuesday, 11 May 2010 04:25 AM

    Pls be the leader of UNP we need a strong active inteligent person like u .................. pls think about the people who support UNP

    Tuesday, 11 May 2010 04:57 AM

    The political leaders have to be good citizens first and love the mother land. UNP leaders are primarily party leaders and secondary citizen. The prime example is the way they behaved during the end of war tenor. Sajith despite all the flamboyance features during the childhood has become a matured politician lately, but with the mind set of others in the party the instant success will be difficult. First he has to rearrange the party leadership to admire the country first then the people like Ravi and Jayaalath will not support him in the longer run, should be considered also as a battle to win

    Tuesday, 11 May 2010 04:58 AM

    Superb interview! Diplomatic and down to earth as well! After hearing speeches given by those who ramble on and appear to enjoy the sound of their own voices, this is a breath of fresh air. Good work.

    Tuesday, 11 May 2010 05:53 AM

    Mr.Sajith Premadasa,

    You are well on your way for a bright future,keep this trend
    of analysis, when you are victor, too.

    Wish you well

    Tuesday, 11 May 2010 06:19 AM

    Sajith - pls understudy Ranil, but continue with your work in the grassroots. We need a city strong man and a rural strong man - Ranil for the city, Sajith for the grassroots. Elections should be not for the leader, but for all other posts. Sajith can then test whether his supporters are truly genuine. Sometimes it can be that they push Sajith and make him the guinea pig to eliminate Ranil.

    Monday, 10 May 2010 01:59 PM

    Superb , Well done interview

    Monday, 10 May 2010 02:54 PM

    very deplomatic and lot of sense in his interview.
    Looks like a better prospect for UNP.

    Monday, 10 May 2010 03:07 PM

    let the members decide no self appoinments please thats why the party is ruined today

    Monday, 10 May 2010 03:31 PM

    Dear Sajith,
    May be,UNP is suffering from some organisational problems.
    But it is not the main cause for the election defeats. The war victory and nationalism of the present govt are the main causes for the defeat. However ,everyone has to see how the government proceeds from here. According to the prevailing condition the govt,will never be able to solve those problems. Maximum I think,1 year UNP has to wait to take over the country and solve the problem for ever. Until such time please do all organisational matter. don't try to change the leader. If the leader is changed the country has to suffer for ever.

    Tuesday, 11 May 2010 07:54 AM

    good. but tell us about ur position on the ethnic crisis. 13th amendment plus or minus or repeal? do u think PCs are a white elephant? 17th amendment- what are the defects? how do you paln to correc t them? media freedom- what do u think? what about electoral reform- FPP or PR or German system or a mixture, what is the best mix; second chamber?; judiciary? ranil is for a constitutional court- what is ur position. executive presidency- abolish or reform- what reforms? Sajith you have all the potential but for some reason u have not been speaking on national issues. Hambantota is not sri lanka, neither for u nor MR. we await ur positions for us to judge whether u are national leadership material. hope u will not disappoint us. all the best

    Monday, 10 May 2010 10:56 PM

    An excellent interview. The UNP and the country should have more men like this. The London School of Economics training was quite obvious. Sri Lanka has had a few LSE trained leaders in the past too. We need men like this, not political Yakos,on both sides, if Sri Lanka is to prosper.

    Tuesday, 11 May 2010 08:32 AM

    We can trust people when utterence are put to practice.

    Tuesday, 11 May 2010 12:31 AM

    Very impressive interview. The quality and the way he expressed his thougthts are very interesting to listen. I have never seen any politician speaking in that manner before. Our country needs the leaders of that calibre

    Tuesday, 11 May 2010 02:16 AM

    In fact, Ranil is part of the big problem. He has failed in moving forward with the current mechanics of the politics in the country. He should not restrict to old ways. This country is a Buddhist country and hence he should be sensitive to Buddhists. For example, he asked Buddhists to appologize to Tamils while he was in Jaffna. He signed a peace deal with the terrorists allowing them to have more weapons.

    Tuesday, 11 May 2010 03:02 AM

    From birth to till I left the country I was a UNP supporter. However, quite correctly, since leaving the country I've dropped party preferences and instead supported whichever leder was good for the country as a whole. Today I support President Rajapakse as he is a genuinely patriotic leader with good economic and social policies that are being implemented. Listening to Sajit Premadasa I find him to be someone with similar qualities. But what I liked the most was his patriotic statement that the country comes first when dealing with foreign nations and organisations and the Govt and Opposition must stand together. This we did not have under Ranil Wickremasinghe as UNP leader. So it augurs well for Sri Lanka if Sajith takes over the UNP leadership. Then we'll have a President and an Opposition leader united in placing the country ahead of party politics. One day Sajit Premadasa could be the right successor to Mahinda Rajapakse as President of SL.

    Tuesday, 11 May 2010 03:08 AM

    Makalu, I agree with you that after the war victory Rajapaksa was unbeatable. That the Sinhalese electorate did not give him 90% of their vote was because of the unexpected advent of Fonseka as politician.
    I want the country to prosper; I'm not particularly obsessed with any party. But listening to Sajith P. I felt him much more balanced than his father.
    We must not wait for individuals we dislike to stumble. We need vision and honest implementation of it.


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