Sajith reiterates he won’t accept the premiership

2018-11-07 17:37:02

UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa, who confirmed that President Maithripala Sirisena had invited him to take over the Prime Minister Post, said today that he would not accept it even if President made another request, but would work towards settling the present crisis.

Mr Premadasa expressed this sentiment at a media briefing last morning.

“The President asked me to take over the Premiership but I declined as my sole objective was to see the Yahapalana Government continued with the leadership of Mr Sirisena and Ranil Wickremesinghe,” he said.

“I will not accept it even if President made another request as my sole effort is to see that the crisis is resolved,” Mr Premadasa said.

He said Speaker Karu Jayasuriya also held the same policy.

“What matters today is the welfare of the people and not the person, who holds Premiership,” he added.

Asked whether he was scared to confront the UNP leader, Mr Premadasa said he was only scared of the negative impact, which the country was going to suffer as a result of this crisis.

At the same time, he said the move by President Sirisena to appoint former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Prime Minister was unconstitutional.

He said the matter should be resolved through Parliament. However, he said who sits in Prime Minister’s chair when the House is convened does not matter as the issue could be resolved by the MPs. (Yohan Perera)


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  Comments - 27

  • Sils Wednesday, 7 November 2018 18:14


    Reply : 10       110

    Lion Wednesday, 7 November 2018 18:19

    S ajith you scored heavily on your stand and stay behind the leader at this crucial moment.

    Reply : 17       149

    Gemunu Wednesday, 7 November 2018 18:21

    Hats off to you Sajith. I am sure you will become Prime Minister and/or President in the future through the proper democratic process.

    Reply : 13       160

    Sils Wednesday, 7 November 2018 18:28

    Someday you will be PM. But enter from the front door and always remember that the rear has it's intended putpose!

    Reply : 12       131

    Raj Wednesday, 7 November 2018 18:29

    This incident shows his interest is the well being of the country than a PM post. Hope one day he will become the PM.

    Reply : 10       127

    GH Wednesday, 7 November 2018 18:32

    Who are you either to accept or refuse His Excellency' Mahinda Rajapaksa premiership when general public welcome triumphing the event of new Prime Minister's oath.

    Reply : 197       18

    Lord Wolfstein Thursday, 8 November 2018 10:21

    To call a looter and murderer Excellency shows how your way of thinking is.

    Reply : 8       88

    Buddhist Wednesday, 7 November 2018 18:34

    Once Mahinda is removed and Ranil shows his majority, the next act would be to impeach the President. So President asking UNP members to elect another PM is a wasted action.

    Reply : 11       101

    Moiez Wednesday, 7 November 2018 18:39

    Well done Hon Minister Sajith, work like your father.Keep your word , never bend to any politicians or to Even the President.

    Reply : 7       123

    Dnm Wednesday, 7 November 2018 18:47

    Continue YAHAPALANA..? Mr Sajith, problem is that there was no yahapalana..!And what have you all done to improve lives of ordinary people over the past 3 years??

    Reply : 23       50

    Aja Friday, 9 November 2018 23:20

    A country cannot build without sacrificing. All the countries in front, generations had sacrificed. We Sri Lankans wants everything subsidized and the country also developed. Never happened. We need ppl to work harder than ever. Get this country right..

    Reply : 3       20

    sandy123 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 18:55

    One day you will become the president of SL and run the country to a top level. Please wait until you received it and don't rush for it. Also please remember not to do the same mistakes which your father did. However take the good things that your father did like housing project for poor families and garment industry as an example. In the mean time don't bring your family members for showcase like your father did. God bless you.

    Reply : 8       88

    Gratiaen Thursday, 8 November 2018 13:39

    Beware of this Maha Dena Muththa Sandy who too of Sira type.

    Reply : 1       9

    Labby Wednesday, 7 November 2018 18:58

    Well said, Sir.

    Reply : 5       56

    Bala Wednesday, 7 November 2018 18:58

    A real democrat and good human being. All matter settled within framework of law and common sense.

    Reply : 7       65

    Amara Wednesday, 7 November 2018 19:02

    Mr. Sajith Premadasa, please for the sake of the country and the UNP, accept the premiership. The country needs a new direction. Time is right to kick out MS, MR, RW and all their henchmen. You MUST rise to the occasion!

    Reply : 12       60

    shanaz Friday, 9 November 2018 18:00

    Well, said Amara hats off!

    Reply : 1       11

    Shan Wednesday, 7 November 2018 19:13

    Man of Principles who understands what is democracy.

    Reply : 5       53

    ELANGOSS Wednesday, 7 November 2018 19:23

    WOW we going to have two more PM. its going to be a music chair. long live Sunthara lanka

    Reply : 6       23

    Shan Wednesday, 7 November 2018 19:27

    President should find someone to replace him as President

    Reply : 3       62

    Ronnie Wednesday, 7 November 2018 19:32

    Rw- a politician that has lost so many elections, still claiming to represent the people And trying to hang on to power is as “undemocratic” as it gets. If theres an election tomorrow between mr and rw, mr will win by landslide. From the time he became pm, rw’s great long term plan was to undermine the entire coalition and appoint crooks like mahendran and ravi to prominent positions while ignoring the economic situation. Every lankan is getting poorer by the day thanks to rw’s failed policies. If people wanted economic mismanagement and corruption they would have voted for mr!!

    Reply : 18       44

    Ronnie Bugger Thursday, 8 November 2018 12:16

    Who are you,Ronnie. Not me, are you ?

    Reply : 1       1

    karthik Wednesday, 7 November 2018 19:34

    Keep it up. You are absolutely right. Everyone must try to resolve the present crisis if not our democracy will collapse soon.

    Reply : 6       48

    UNPer Thursday, 8 November 2018 21:57

    Is Sajith doesn't want to accept Premiership why on earth is he remaining as the DEPUTY LEADER of the Party?

    Reply : 13       6

    RMB Senanayake Saturday, 17 November 2018 08:19

    He will accept it when it comes to him in the proper way. All credit to Sajity- a potental great democratic leader whose term will inevitably come RMB Senanayake

    Reply : 0       0

    Green Friday, 9 November 2018 15:22

    You are a son of a respected leader who has shown the path of development in this country. Well said Sajith. Be Patient. cool. Anyway your statement was a diplomatic approach. People will vote in numbers when you contest for Presidency. I wish you to be the next President of our country.

    Reply : 3       12

    shanaz Friday, 9 November 2018 18:08

    Sajith pls rescue the country if not it will sink go for presidency we are with you i mean whole country with you!

    Reply : 3       8

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