I have majority support: PM tells loyalists

13 September 2019 08:13 am - 11     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told a group of loyalists on Wednesday that he commanded majority support of the party’s Working Committee.

A team of UNP MPs, who are loyal to him met him and assessed his strength at the party’s Working Committee which has the authority to ratify the party’s nominee for the presidency.

Ministers Lakshman Kiriella, Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, Sagala Ratnayake, Ravi Karunanayake, Daya Gamage, John Amaratunga and his son-in-law and business leader Dinesh Weerakkody who participated at the discussions.

They are reported to have analyzed the composition of the Working Committee and concluded that Mr. Wickremesinghe could command the support of at least 65 per cent of the membership.

Meanwhile, Mr. Wickremesinghe is reported to have said 20 MPs who signed a petition in support of Minister Sajith Premadasa earlier, had pledged their loyalty to him in a separate letter.

The Prime Minister said that conducting public rallies in breach of party discipline was not the proper way to win demands. (Kelum Bandara)

  Comments - 11

  • Jude Friday, 13 September 2019 08:44 AM

    Well, New Political culture will emerge from NEXT presidential elections!!! Gone are the days politicians work on their personal agenda rather than working for the betterment of the people!! Minority parties taking the governing party for ransom will be history!! It's a dawn of NEW era!!!

    Lord Wolfstein Friday, 13 September 2019 08:53 AM

    You would probably be the better president, but a gentleman needs to know when his time is over and when there is no chance to win an election.

    kumaran Friday, 13 September 2019 12:34 PM

    99% support you: To Retire!!

    Clinton Friday, 13 September 2019 12:53 PM


    perera Friday, 13 September 2019 01:53 PM

    PM having a majority support in UNP working committee does not mean that you the support of majority people of this country ! give the place to SP and get lost ! or learn the hard way, if you so wish !

    IVJ Friday, 13 September 2019 02:02 PM

    What is the point in RW having majority support within the party when the country doesn't ?

    Wise Owl Friday, 13 September 2019 02:16 PM

    At the General Election its the general public who vote not the working committee full of RW's supporters !!!! It's not Rocket Science! and hope RW and the WC realise that!

    WC - my foot Friday, 13 September 2019 04:13 PM

    How many in the WC (no pun intended) are elected representatives ?

    Misread Friday, 13 September 2019 04:17 PM

    "Ranil Wickremesinghe told a group of LOYALISTS (emphasis is mine) " - nearly read this word not with a "L" but with a "R" !

    Dhammika Friday, 13 September 2019 04:45 PM

    If RW contest from the UNP and looses he must resign from the UNP with his working commitee stooges ! .

    RD Friday, 13 September 2019 07:21 PM

    Yeah, I totally agree with it - Gota

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