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UNP MP Dayasiri Jayasekara said that he would be making a special statement in parliament today at 2. 00 PM and inform of his resignation from parliament and thereafter will contest for the Chief Ministerial Post on the UPFA ticket.

“I will resgin from parliament today and thereafter will contest for the Chief Ministerial post for the NWP elections under the UPFA” he told Daily Mirror Online a shortwhile ago.

Speaking to the media after his resignation from the United National Party, MP Dayasiri Jayasekara claimed that he would not go back on his utterances against the government in the past but would rather embrace all policies of President Mahinda Rajapaksa from now on and would dedicate all his efforts to ensure that the current government continued to be in power.

“I’m not going to vomit on what I said before against the current government, but now it’s a new beginning and I will make all efforts to ensure that the current regime under the helm of President Mahinda Rajapaksa is kept in power,” he said.

Answering questions posed by journalists, Jayasekara said that he could no longer continue to be a member of the UNP “which is dictatorial and would be a waste of my life.”

“I have much more to offer to his country and its people and continuing to stay in a party that is dictatorial and with a leadership which has lost touch with the common man is futile; hence my decision to join the government.”

He refuted claims to the effect that he had crossed over in order to further personal benefits and said that he would work towards the common good of the people of the provinces.

“I could have slung mud on the face of the UNPers who voted me by walking down the aisle and joining the government in parliament. I didn’t do that. Instead I want to put myself before the people and hear their verdict. That is the reason I resigned from parliament and decided on a new beginning,” he said.

Jayasekara also claimed that he was offered ministerial posts at various times but declined all of them and decided to contest an election in order to ensure that his conscience was clean.

“There were various other offers from time to time including the offer of Ministerial posts. But I declined all of them in order to contest and give the people the chance to give a verdict,” he said.

He said that 48 Provincial level politicians have pledged their support to him and insisted that he would not confine his efforts to ensure victory at the upcoming North Western Provincial Council elections.

He left the conference flanked by Minister Rohitha Abeygunawardena, MP Duminda Silva and MP Manusha Nanayakkara. Thereafter Jayasekara visited the President and obtained  membership of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party

(Hafeel Farisz and Chaturanga Pradeep )


Video by Chaturanga Pradeep

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  • Buddhika Wednesday, 24 July 2013 06:09 AM

    Excellent move Dayasiri...!!!

    Now you can utilize your talents for the country. Now you have a place to perform without sitting back. Even it is sad to see a giant party like UNP is collapsing, we have nothing to do now. You did your best to save UNP, but if the leaders and top officials don't count your words, no point of staying!!!

    Well done Dayasiri...! Your voters are always with you!

    DOTS Wednesday, 24 July 2013 06:13 AM

    All thanks to Ranil & group !!

    DOTS Wednesday, 24 July 2013 06:13 AM

    except - - -

    Berty Wednesday, 24 July 2013 06:14 AM

    4 More M.PP will be crossing over within this week.

    Keep it up RANIL>

    Very soon , only you will be left., and TNA will get the Leader of the Opposition post

    Pxx Wednesday, 24 July 2013 06:14 AM

    I think MR don’t trust any of the old SLFP’s.
    The pressure on the balloon could be burst in near future.

    surain lal Wednesday, 24 July 2013 06:15 AM

    you cant blame Dayasiri . when leader treat inhuman manner even the animal dont stay with you. atleast ranil should realize this now. Otherwise there are will be a day hard core rural unpers will take the stick to chase the big one out of the fence.

    Lanka Shantha Wednesday, 24 July 2013 06:19 AM

    So, Mr. Dayasiri who talked about the hard ship of the people, now give up them all and goes on to make money for him and his family by joining the elite group..

    Kolamba putha Wednesday, 24 July 2013 06:24 AM

    Another shameless "frog" with zero credibility!!!

    kondebendapucheena Wednesday, 24 July 2013 06:25 AM

    Ranil In Peace RIP Dayasiri

    Russel Wednesday, 24 July 2013 11:57 AM

    this the guy waited for count the bodys of dead military persons for blame the government when last stage of war.shame on you.

    Mason Wednesday, 24 July 2013 06:26 AM

    UNP should be happy that it is rid of a bad egg. Dayasiri is jumping fence for the cream that goes with the Chief Minister's post. Dayasiri, remember that there is many a slip between the cup and the lip.

    Pxx Wednesday, 24 July 2013 06:30 AM

    Began to finish government.
    He will proceed the same practice to shake the government.

    kali Thursday, 25 July 2013 11:16 AM

    No doubt he received a handsome payment for crossing

    Rohith Wednesday, 24 July 2013 06:30 AM

    How long will Ranil live? I recon until about 85? That means the UNP will be doomed for another 22 years. History will say that Hon. DS Senanayake formed the UNP and Ranil destroyed the UNP.

    Sunakaya Wednesday, 24 July 2013 09:42 AM

    Not Dayasiri, Ranil must cross over to UPFA for UNP to win elections.

    Bad Boy Wednesday, 24 July 2013 06:32 AM

    But he does

    Roshantha Wednesday, 24 July 2013 06:34 AM

    Ranil doesn't know the value of this person. MR does. This is the difference between the two. Dayasiri has a huge vote bank but sidelined by the UNP for being honest with his thinking.. Ranil's favorites are the likes of Ava Mangala and Medawacchiye Ravi. These two count on kepuvath UNP votes, but have no vote banks for themselves. RIP UNP!!

    Mutu Wednesday, 24 July 2013 12:14 PM

    25 million.

    Prasanjit Wednesday, 24 July 2013 06:41 AM

    What do grapes taste like??

    mervyn Perera Wednesday, 24 July 2013 12:16 PM

    Now Rosy Senanaya outke will also join Dayasiri. She can't stay without Dayasiri

    GC Wednesday, 24 July 2013 06:43 AM

    Adding to what I wrote, if principled, Dayasiri should have just quit politics and waited. I am sure right thinking people are despondent now. Ranil should give up his dictatorship and allow room for new ideas and young and energetic people to grow as they seem to be taking revenge on him by abandoning the people. On thinking about it, although a Sinhalese, I wonder whether Mr Sambanthan etc is the only principled politician around!.

    sahdi Wednesday, 24 July 2013 12:17 PM

    //////BREAKING NEWS///////////// DAYASIRI joints with THIEVES.....

    Prasanjit Wednesday, 24 July 2013 06:44 AM

    What do grapes taste like??

    Ravi Wednesday, 24 July 2013 06:44 AM

    Ranil very soon you will be loosing your opposition leader position.

    M.ASHRAFF.NAZIM Wednesday, 24 July 2013 06:46 AM


    ind Wednesday, 24 July 2013 06:47 AM

    Dreaming is very good for people.

    ind Wednesday, 24 July 2013 06:47 AM

    May be he had enough of this YOUNG one !

    dj Wednesday, 24 July 2013 12:21 PM

    Jaya sri....have a gud future with correct leader...........

    Devaka Wednesday, 24 July 2013 03:44 PM

    Now we know for certain Dayasiri is not gay!

    Kappa Wednesday, 24 July 2013 06:51 AM

    Your words cannot be TRUSTED!!!!!!

    bala putha Wednesday, 24 July 2013 06:52 AM

    Now you won't be having any slogans. you have to think of a new startegy in critisising the Oposition.

    Sim Wednesday, 24 July 2013 06:56 AM

    There are no principals for our politicians. To get power they will do anything. Bad policies becomes good overnight when one is given a bone.

    Thomas Wednesday, 24 July 2013 10:05 AM

    What has he got to tell the people voted him as a UNP candidate.
    The Ungratefuls

    SHM Wednesday, 24 July 2013 06:57 AM

    If UNP thinks having Ranil in the side is more important than loosing all others, let it be! It will be just one man party at last.
    UNP got to think about this very seriously. Already the country has lost a strong opposition. We are sad.

    ponil Wednesday, 24 July 2013 12:28 PM

    Welcome ,nobody likes american U&Pee,The peopel know one day ponil will sell this country, so all good peopel cross over except mongel samaraweera,drohi ravi,madwachi kiriella,

    Gaz Wednesday, 24 July 2013 10:12 AM

    hypocrites of the 1st order... Thank you Ranil.. thanks to you there and more UNP's in UPFA and than UNP itself...keep up the good work

    concerned Wednesday, 24 July 2013 12:31 PM

    Can you see the difference between Northern PC election candidate selection by TNA and NW PC candidate selection by UPFA? Shame!

    thilak Wednesday, 24 July 2013 10:17 AM

    this is the time for highest offered time , 2010 election also offered,but not enough

    shamila sakkaff Wednesday, 24 July 2013 07:01 AM

    Good Move !!!! congrats!!!

    kan Wednesday, 24 July 2013 10:18 AM

    very simple reason: badagini.

    Muditha Wednesday, 24 July 2013 07:01 AM

    These people just play a game. First they do not have their own conscience and own policy. They do whatever they could if they can grab the power. Third class politicians! No person should trust politicians like these for any reason. They do not love their country or its people, but only themselves. Nothing else!

    Suq Madique Wednesday, 24 July 2013 12:38 PM

    Now all the old and ineffective members like attanayake, micheal perera, john etc will be happy as those who are a threat to their positions are leaving the UNP.

    Ratawasiya Wednesday, 24 July 2013 10:25 AM

    The only man with a backbone in politics now is General Fonseka

    Nadi Karunaratne Wednesday, 24 July 2013 04:05 PM

    Good job Ranil - when you going to get it? .In the name of God go!

    jagathroshan Wednesday, 24 July 2013 12:58 PM

    Wish you all the best Dayasiri,hope you can make a turnaround
    at the next provincial council as the chief minister.,a more disciplined vibrant politics

    jamal Thursday, 25 July 2013 01:16 AM

    When Johnston crossed over , you said 'Jonny Pani' to the laughter of thousands. All who laughed at the said Jonny are laughing at you. Ha ! Ha1

    Maha Rajaneni Wednesday, 24 July 2013 10:37 AM

    Politics SL style.

    deepal Wednesday, 24 July 2013 10:39 AM


    DHAMMIKA Wednesday, 24 July 2013 01:24 PM

    Yes , It is ONLY GEN . SARATH FONSEKA now people can have trust and hope in .

    Dhammika Wednesday, 24 July 2013 10:40 AM

    Sad to hear this from Dayasiri of whom we had a great regard. The people of this country are going through hard ships as never before and the leaders are plundering the wealth of the nation with no regard for the people. This just shows we don't have honest politicians only ones who are interested in themselves. No sensible person will be leave you did this because of differences with the leader. It was for personal gain.

    kimbula Wednesday, 24 July 2013 01:26 PM

    Good for you. Hope you will get the CM post and do for the people. Jayawewa!

    Ane Anichchan Wednesday, 24 July 2013 07:41 AM

    This shows the efficiency of the executive committee of the UNP leadership.

    Ran Ponil Wednesday, 24 July 2013 01:31 PM

    Anton..Are you mad? Get your head and eyes tested...Does not like.,,But ,Just loves and craves for them.

    xlntgson Wednesday, 24 July 2013 04:43 PM

    Is chief minister post is such a powerful post? Rather he can become governor of northern province.

    Saman Wednesday, 24 July 2013 10:46 AM

    How much this cross over cost ???

    Ravi Seneviratne Wednesday, 24 July 2013 07:50 AM

    Dayasiri was compelled to go by Ranil , Sad situation for the opposition and hanging on the tread.

    Prasanjit Wednesday, 24 July 2013 07:51 AM

    I remember you felt sad and angry this same way when SB, Bandula, GL, Kiriella and the gang crossed over to UNP in 2002 !!

    Jeffry Wednesday, 24 July 2013 07:53 AM


    Jimmy D Wednesday, 24 July 2013 01:48 PM

    sujeewa senasinghe next in line

    sunil21 Wednesday, 24 July 2013 07:54 AM

    Sadly UNP is a sinking boat due to the capton , no wonder even every one except the leader cross over one day ?

    janmanjanman Wednesday, 24 July 2013 08:00 AM


    asiri Wednesday, 24 July 2013 08:01 AM

    come come we're waiting......poor ranil...

    GC Wednesday, 24 July 2013 05:29 AM

    This shows the quality of many of our politicians. They criticise the other side as much as they could but, as soon as there is problem with their own side, embrace those whom one criticised profusely. Did he not deny a crossover until a few days ago? This shows their nature. No principles but be where one can have power. Can we believe him anymore? Cannot say that his decision was because of Rani's dictatorship because MR's also seem a family dictatorship.

    CROW Wednesday, 24 July 2013 08:06 AM


    ලන්කපුත Wednesday, 24 July 2013 05:38 AM

    nothing wrong. He is giving the people the choice again, rather than jumping after fooling the people. Hats off to you Dayasiri. Now what will happen to UNP .. ?

    mohamed asfar Wednesday, 24 July 2013 05:39 AM

    very unfair to the current chief minister. candidate.

    JAC Thursday, 25 July 2013 09:55 AM


    Fayad Wednesday, 24 July 2013 05:40 AM


    fernado Wednesday, 24 July 2013 05:42 AM

    Good ranil, you ,John, Joseph and Thissa will do the rest.

    nation Wednesday, 24 July 2013 05:43 AM

    shame on you... you were with government even while in UNP to make troubles in the party...
    No love for people ! but for greed !

    Jagath Wednesday, 24 July 2013 05:40 AM

    UNP is finished. This is what Ranil wanted. Get rid of all young popular MPs and keep all old buggers!!

    Dakshina Wednesday, 24 July 2013 05:44 AM

    Dear Mr Ranil Please Step down with your mongals

    That is the Best things to do for the country

    ind Wednesday, 24 July 2013 05:59 AM

    RIP !!!

    chintake Wednesday, 24 July 2013 06:01 AM

    Jaya Sri, Dayasiri..!!

    ANTON Wednesday, 24 July 2013 06:04 AM


    Nihal Amarasekera Wednesday, 24 July 2013 06:04 AM

    More worthy politician, no doubt, but in the first instance, why did he join UNP & not UPFP? It should have been the difference in policies. Now what, political expediency?

    Asela Wednesday, 24 July 2013 06:05 AM

    Itz better you die !

    Ramzeel Wednesday, 24 July 2013 06:07 AM

    Birds of a feather flock together, shameless politician.

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