New Democratic Front (NDF) candidate who made his first public appearance today after the presidential election said he would not accept the prime ministerial candidature if he was not appointed as the new leader of UNP.
Mr Premadasa who met his party activists and voters in Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte said he was not in a position to accept the party’s prime ministerial candidature unless he was given the party leadership.
“I don’t want the prime ministerial candidate of the party without the leadership as I am not a person who bows down to conditions,” he said.
He said he was willing to accept the party leadership if a majority of the UNPers wanted him as the leader.
“I will accept the leadership of UNP if a majority of the party members wants me to. However, I don’t intend to capture the leadership following stubborn moves. I also do not intend to divide the UNP and create factions in the party but would like to unite it,” he said.
He said it was of paramount importance that the UNP won the general elections as such a scenario would help maintain a balance of power.
Responding to a question raised by party members as to whether he thought that naming him as the party’s candidate late contributed to his defeat, Mr Premadasa said he was able to attract 5.6 million though the official naming of the candidate came late.
Asked as to why he was quiet after the presidential election, the UNP Deputy Leader said he was quiet as he needed a recess after heavy campaigning for the presidential election. (Yohan Perera)
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Comments - 6
Hari M Tuesday, 17 December 2019 07:58 PM
Well said, and a man with dignity at last
johan Tuesday, 17 December 2019 08:23 PM
Defeats are the signs of the future success.Do not give it
up .Masses are the asset and supporters of your Leadership.Mudslinging by Namal just ignore
Senn Wednesday, 18 December 2019 08:04 AM
Of given leadership,are you sure ,would you able to win Tissa seat?
Ups Wednesday, 18 December 2019 08:10 AM
This gentleman has immature mind set,hi is nagging sp mich ,best for UNP ,find someone who is educated, can work without complaining,
Bhatiya Siriwardena Wednesday, 18 December 2019 08:40 AM
Good point but at this juncture Sajith should stay just as the opposition leader. Thats a good platform to propel for 2025.
But Ranil must resign gracefully and give party leadership to Karu.
He is the ideal person during this transit time
Yehiya Wednesday, 18 December 2019 08:49 AM
Give the opportunities to another one. All failures with you. Champika is the best.
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