I didn’t know about UNP plans to form alliance: Kabir

24 July 2019 06:12 am - 5     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Highways, Road Development and Petroleum Resources Minister Kabir Hashim, who is also the Chairman of the United National Party (UNP), is reported to have taken a swipe at the party hierarchy for planning to form an alliance with the like-minded parties without his knowledge.

Mr. Hashim, who is known to be promoting Deputy Leader Sajith  Premadasa as the presidential candidate, said at the UNP parliamentary group meeting that he learned about such an alliance through the media.

However, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe responded saying that Mr. Hashim was privy to talks conducted in this regard.

Meanwhile, Mr. Hashim said Mr. Premadasa should be nominated as the presidential candidate because the UNP could not afford to lose this time.

Several ministers including Ranjith Madduma Bandara, Asoka Abeysinghe, Harin Fernando and Eran Wickramaratne are said to have expressed their support to the views expressed by Mr. Hashim.

Mr. Wickremesinghe said he would take a decision at the right time after consulting the other party leaders.(Kelum Bandara)

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  • cheers Wednesday, 24 July 2019 08:56 AM

    UNP will never win any election bring any candidate not a chance.

    Karu Wednesday, 24 July 2019 09:29 AM

    This must have happened when you gave up the Ministerial portfolio to join your kith and kin's emotional drama

    Raj Wednesday, 24 July 2019 10:57 AM

    After forming an alliance, RW would be able to say other party leaders not accepting Sajith.

    Ram Wednesday, 24 July 2019 11:51 AM

    Even Sajith winning is uncertain unless all UNPers get together and work in unison

    Man Wednesday, 24 July 2019 12:15 PM

    The UNP presidential candidate must be elected before any alliances and other parties don't have a right to choose the UNP candidate.


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