United National Party (UNP) MP Harin Fernando said those who wanted the party’s former deputy leader Sajith Premadasa to be appointed as party leader and leader of the opposition would launch a campaign on Friday, December 6, 2019, to re-build Mr. Premadasa’s political future.
He told a news conference that those who were backing Mr. Premadasa would get what they were for but the unnecessary delay was disconcerting. “The issue now is the delay and we do not understand why this matter should be dragged for so long,” Mr. Fernando said.
When asked as to why Mr. Premadasa was not come out like former president and current Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa did in 2015, Mr. Fernando said Mr. Premadasa would begin a campaign on Friday although a proper timetable for the programme was yet to be prepared.
“Mr. Premadasa has said he is willing to reorganise the UNP,” he said and when asked why Mr. Premadasa had not participated in any discussions with party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, Mr. Fernando said Mr. Premadasa had discussed these matters with party seniors.
MPs Harsha de Silva, Hesha Vithanage, Chaminda Wijesiri, S.M. Marikar and Nalin Bandara Jayamaha who were at the news conference called for a major shakeup of the party without delay. “The party should listen to the constituency or it will perish,” Dr de Silva said.
He said Mr. Wickremesinghe could continue to play a role such as a senior patron or adviser even if the party hierarchy was changed. (Yohan Perera)
Comments - 4
Warnakula Sirimewan Wednesday, 04 December 2019 09:04 AM
Believe me, Sajith has no political future. People are not going to vote for a person who does not have a good education to take take country back to stone age. Find another person to lead the party. Good luck!
yashy Wednesday, 04 December 2019 10:56 AM
do not make funny comments here mate, your uneducated comment is reading by many educated people
Jude Wednesday, 04 December 2019 09:12 AM
Dear Harin!!! Rebuild is bit harsh word to use to Describe about SAJITH's political future!!! Yeah SAJITH had a seatback mild dent in his political ambitions!!! But to say rebuild!! Poor choice of words !!!
Anoosh Wednesday, 04 December 2019 10:40 AM
You cannot win or grab power by forcibly.
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