“I will contest for the presidential elections no matter what. I will not take a step back even by a millimeter in this regard,” said UNP deputy leader Housing, Construction and Cultural Affairs Minister Sajith Premadasa.
He said this at a function in Colombo on September 7. He was addressing the local government members of the UNP. He made such remarks amid reports that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe expressed his intention to contest the elections.
Mr. Premadasa said, “I have to tell one more thing to UNPers. I will ensure a prime minister from the UNP. The President offered me premiership on a platter on 71 occasions. I will not accept portfolios through the backdoor. I will reach the highest echelon of my political career through the front door.
He said, “I don’t want to cash in on my father’s legacy. I have worked and shown results. I have not looted public wealth. I understand the pulse of rural people.” (Hasitha Ranga Gunathilake)
The next president Monday, 09 September 2019 10:04 AM
Good we support
Anmanpan Monday, 09 September 2019 11:22 AM
One thing he scores on, he is not a looter.
Yehiya Monday, 09 September 2019 12:12 PM
Its your end.
BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 09 September 2019 01:53 PM
But you have to be Govigama Sinhalese to become President. Being in the Dobi Caste will not take you anywhere.
dayan Monday, 09 September 2019 02:06 PM
Aaryawa is already appointed and no way of stepping back.
Ajja Monday, 09 September 2019 03:06 PM
He once said ready to die for his people just like my father - Sajith
Then who is going to lead the team and a what a stupid saying.You need to be matured when making statement of this nature...
Thomas Monday, 09 September 2019 03:12 PM
Sajith is the right person to contest Presidential election from UNP
Ayio Ranil please give room and support Sajith
Hameed Monday, 09 September 2019 03:18 PM
We the peace loving muslims support you.Only the Double gamers in the UNP are against your bid.Double gamers AKA Bank robbers are afraid they couldn't be able to strike a deal with you ..Silent Majority of the UNP and this country want you to punish these looters and chase away the incompetant from the UNP whose only qualification is their sexual preference
parakum Monday, 09 September 2019 04:34 PM
Ranil has passed the SELL by DATE now, its the old Scodgers who want him to stay. Sajith must revamp the UNP like what Mr Blair did to the labour party in UK. Old Corrupt stalverts should be swept away that include Ranil and his OLD BOYS NETWORK.