Group of SJB members will join UNP after polls: Akila

’We will select and accept only those who would be useful to the country’

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A group of Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) candidates will join the UNP after the conclusion of the general elections, UNP General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said today.

Mr. Kariyawasam who was responding to journalists at a media conference said a selected few from SJB will join the UNP after the elections. “We will select and accept only those who would be useful to the country,” Mr. Kariyawasam said.

“More than 15 who initially handed over nominations from SJB were engaged in a dialogue with us to come back if the nominations were cancelled but they were sad as the nominations were not cancelled. The UNP giants left the party in the past but they had to rejoin by paying the membership fees,” he added.

Asked whether the UNP could manage to win sufficient number of seats by fielding newcomers, Mr. Kariyawasam said the UNP was able to secure a five-sixth majority in 1977 by fielding its B team. “ The UNP managed to win a 5/6 majority in 1977 by fielding its B team. More than 90 UNP organizers left when late President J. R. Jayewardene suspended Rukman Senanayake from the party but still, the UNP managed to win the 1977 general elections by a massive majority,” he recalled.

“We have fielded engineers, lawyers and even farmers this time. Criticizing the 225 members who are elected later will not serve any purpose if the people fail to vote the right candidates,” he therefore said. (Yohan Perera)

 

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  • Aruna Nagahawatte Monday, 06 July 2020 08:39 PM

    this sleepy-looking corrupt bootlicker is still coming out to give fairy tales of the UNP. He has no credibility whatsoever and put into sleep mode forever in politics with his senile master Ranil.

    Sambo Monday, 06 July 2020 08:40 PM

    Why join after the polls. Are they waiting to see how the UNP will fair in the polls. You are all selfish and misleading politicians.

    Bala Gunawardana Monday, 06 July 2020 08:55 PM

    Daydreaming

    Lakminiha Monday, 06 July 2020 08:58 PM

    May be to fill the vacuum created by you all upon joining the SLPP.

    Samson Monday, 06 July 2020 09:45 PM

    Why should they join the UNP after elections. You may have to join them after elections.

    A nizam Monday, 06 July 2020 10:49 PM

    Lol.. why only after the elections?? Why not now. More than 90 members who were elected on the UNP have left because of your good for nothing eternal Loser ranil. So if anyone is mental enough to join you then good riddance of the stupid.

    Bandu Monday, 06 July 2020 11:05 PM

    Or will the few young ones of the UNP if any wins, leave the old codgers and join SJB.

    Buddhist Tuesday, 07 July 2020 04:30 PM

    If at all anyone joins UNP those who join must be crooks like the ones who are with Ranil.

    Gratiaen Hewa Tuesday, 07 July 2020 06:01 PM

    Fully agree with Samson.He is trying to mislead voters.He said the same thing several times prior to this and now says AFTER POLLS!


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