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I have groomed a set of new leaders to take over the party: Ranil

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We need to build up the UNP first in order to build up the nation while safeguarding the government. I have started to groom new generation of leaders who will take over the leadership in the future.We have to think about 2030, UNP Leader Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe said.

He also said that the media could not destroy the UNP.

Addressing at the 72nd Anniversary celebration he said the National Government inherited a neglected paddy field in 2015.

“We cultivated it. Let's get on with harvesting now,” he said. (Yohan Perera)

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  • Unchikun Thursday, 06 September 2018 01:01 PM

    That connotes the Ranil will hang on as leader until 2030. In other words , the UNP will be either gone or will be in the opposition until 2030. Well that is the UNP. Anyway who will vote for the UNP at the next election.

    Janith Thursday, 06 September 2018 01:37 PM

    actualy this means Ranil will do the ultimate service to this country. UNP was an is a colonial tool used to control Sri Lanka

    Scooby Doo Thursday, 06 September 2018 01:41 PM

    I am completely dissapointed after reading this news. Only God can save UNP.

    Jan Thursday, 06 September 2018 01:47 PM

    You have failed the country and the party. I strongly believe you will be kicked out of the party well before 2030.

    Fool Thursday, 06 September 2018 03:43 PM

    Dam shame. You uneducated legal person who claims a strategist. You never be a PM or President

    Oshadhi Thursday, 06 September 2018 03:48 PM

    Mr PM, It's very clear that you are grooming only one leader and he's also a RW. you will never give a chance to someone else. :)

    BETTER THE brideGROOM SOONER Thursday, 06 September 2018 03:50 PM


    Janaka Thursday, 06 September 2018 01:03 PM

    By 2030, he would have destroyed the whole country!

    ANTON Thursday, 06 September 2018 01:05 PM


    Lankan Thursday, 06 September 2018 01:07 PM

    if you dont move over now, there wont be a party to handover in 2 years.

    Stunned Citizen Thursday, 06 September 2018 01:08 PM

    Dear RW, thats 30 years from now. chances are you will be a 100 years old. Politicians like you are the bane of our country where the ancient cling on to power, whilst the youth who are future is wasting away. the Millennials have ideas for Generation Y

    Nimal Thursday, 06 September 2018 01:49 PM

    I think you should change your wall calendar... It is 2018 now, not 2000.

    Vipin B Thursday, 06 September 2018 01:10 PM

    OMG there are 12 more years for your retirement?

    BuffaloaCitizen Thursday, 06 September 2018 01:15 PM

    How can you harvest when the roots of the paddy itself are rotten?

    Bugsy Thursday, 06 September 2018 01:15 PM

    You do not have to handover by 2030. It will be taken over by someone by then as you will not be alive by then. You are one of the main reason for what country is going through niw

    yahiya Thursday, 06 September 2018 01:17 PM

    UNP loss the good opportunity of No confident motion.

    Milinda. Thursday, 06 September 2018 01:20 PM

    Oh my god. You are going to be the leader of the U. N. P. Till you are 85 years old. By then you will be down with dementia. Remember your statement in parliment yesterday. I don't know where Arjuna Mahendran is.I don't know why? It appears that you are at the early stage of dementia. Kindly get lost before you are thrown into the garbage bin. Time is running out. After the next election you will not even get the leader of the opposition post. You will be only an M. P. In the opposition and will be a burden on the tax payers

    Judy Thursday, 06 September 2018 01:21 PM

    Is it Akila kolla you are grooming ?? God bless the party and the country.

    jayantha Thursday, 06 September 2018 01:21 PM

    hahahah here we go,... cat has jumped out of the bag..... by 2030... huh .. after died ?

    No need Thursday, 06 September 2018 01:35 PM

    No need. Anyway, AFTER your death, the UNP committee will handover LEADERSHIP to someone, provided UNP exists till 2030 because you will destroy the party yourself..

    pradeep Thursday, 06 September 2018 01:37 PM

    The media should take this as a challenge

    JeffK Thursday, 06 September 2018 01:38 PM

    Ha ha ha can we see the faces of UNPers who voted for Ranil in the no confidence motion?

    Yeti Thursday, 06 September 2018 01:39 PM

    Let alone leadership this man't won't leave the prime minister post in 2020. Already conspiring with foreign embassies how to hang onto power.

    Jerome Thursday, 06 September 2018 01:40 PM

    Greed has no limits.

    Munshif Thursday, 06 September 2018 01:42 PM

    Dear DM, Please don't misinterpret his statement, shows the DM integrity, I was listening to his speech live. What he told was that together with all nurtured leaders, UNP will remain in power until 2030.

    Chari Thursday, 06 September 2018 01:42 PM

    Sajith/ Navin should be given. They are young leaders.

    SUMANAPALA Thursday, 06 September 2018 01:44 PM

    MR Rniil when definitely hang on to power as longest When MR hears it NAMAL Needs oxygen ENTIRE MR families trying to catch ppowe at any available cost

    Nahfees Thursday, 06 September 2018 01:59 PM

    I think he thinks he is mahathir. Lol

    Chux Thursday, 06 September 2018 02:08 PM

    It is too late pls pack your bag and go now without destroying he party

    MADURANGA Thursday, 06 September 2018 02:09 PM

    Oh my god no victory till another 12 years,

    B>uffalo Thursday, 06 September 2018 02:12 PM

    The moment this news appeared stock market went all red!

    samson Thursday, 06 September 2018 02:15 PM

    this would be a good news for JO. RIP UNP . now who is the dictator? who is the most greedy for power

    L C A Thursday, 06 September 2018 02:32 PM

    Why so early ? Make it in 2050 !

    mnsmart Thursday, 06 September 2018 02:36 PM

    JO no need anymore padayathra, 2020 will be a clean sweep

    CNJ Thursday, 06 September 2018 02:47 PM

    Another long term projection - earlier 2025 for the reviving of the economy now 2030 for the handing over of the to hear his projection for the UNP demise...after all he is totally responsible together with those who have lost their memories but speak about the history of the party!!

    Dhammika Thursday, 06 September 2018 02:48 PM

    RW - must know what the average Sri Lankan thinks of him - In Short and Sweet RW is considered as the MOST UNPOPULAR LEADER ever in the history of the UNP . Good luck RW Keep dreaming ! .

    Sir Kotha Thursday, 06 September 2018 02:51 PM

    Apey HITAN !

    Citizen Perera Thursday, 06 September 2018 03:44 PM

    If this man continue to be the leader of UNP.. that will be sublimation of UNP.

    Senarath Thursday, 06 September 2018 06:53 PM

    Dear PM, You are the most intelligent leader we had. Your good thought will make Sri Lanka like heaven in 30 years. So, we all can have wonderful life there. You visionary leadership will make our country very very fortunate place in the whole world.Long live our beloved leader.

    Gemba Thursday, 06 September 2018 06:57 PM


    Aren Friday, 07 September 2018 05:04 PM

    Ranil will be the PM till 2020 then he will be the opposition leader for another 10 years.

    Gamaya Saturday, 08 September 2018 09:34 PM

    Any good leader must know of a "drop dead" situation. In other words any human can drop dead with no notice. That situation requires a person to take over without letting equals squabble. This means thathat a GOOD leader MUST Identify his deputy - the next leader. R W you fail miserably by this yardstick. Indeed pathetic.

    ET Sunday, 09 September 2018 06:45 PM

    Sajit and Naveen should be made leader and deputy ASAP.

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