Leader of Opposition Sajith Premadasa today said he had invited UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe to join the Samagi Jana Balawegaya together with his party.
Mr. Premadasa told a press conference that he had met Mr. Wickremesinghe together with Samagi Jana Balawegaya General Secretary Ranjith Madduma Bandara and invited him and the UNP to join the alliance and to participate in the launch of the new alliance at Nelum Pokuna on March 2 2020.
“I met Mr. Wickremesinghe and invited him and his party to join the Samagi Jana Balawegaya and he will also participate in the launch and the MOU signing ceremony on March 2, 2020,” Mr. Premadasa said.
Asked under what symbol under which his alliance would contest the general elections, Mr. Premadasa said these will be decided upon later. “We will go step by step and everything will be decided upon soon,” he said.
Meanwhile, Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA) led by MP Mano Ganesan officially joined the new alliance yesterday and announced the new move at the joint press conference with Mr. Premadasa. Accordingly all three parties which include TPA, namely Democratic People’s Front, Up Country People’s Front and the National Union of Workers will contest the general election with the Samgai Jana Balawegaya.
“We have officially joined the new alliance led by Mr. Premadasa and will work towards forming a new government,” Mr. Ganesan said.
Asked as to why his party decided to go along with these in the previous government despite the decision taken by the present government to grant the daily wage of Rs.1000, Mr. Ganesan said the previous government granted a number of other demands to the estate workers.
“The previous government provided free land, constructed houses and schools for the estate workers, and that is why we joined them,” he said. He said it is left to be seen whether the Rs.1000 daily wage would become a reality or not.(Yohan Perera)
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sam silva Wednesday, 26 February 2020 11:12 PM
You people are voting for Rs.1000.00 and not for our country. What a shame.
UNPer Wednesday, 26 February 2020 11:26 PM
As a true UNPer I can say masses want Elephant symbol, moreover UNP should field separate candidates!
CHULANI Wednesday, 26 February 2020 11:44 PM
Losers joining Losers............Sajith join with racist ethnic / religious groups..........the Nationalist Sinhala voters will run to vote SLPP.......giving Gota a2 / 3 rd majority....
Nishan Thursday, 27 February 2020 10:04 AM
Mr Premadasa,...Seriously? You really believe that you are that popular? Good for you Sir! - You have many... many more years more to mature and get out of your own perceived importance. It just maybe that you are simply not suited for serving a country - than your own self and family. Try a business - you will do great! Good luck
Piyumi Fernando Thursday, 27 February 2020 10:05 AM
Who wants to jump into a sinking ship with a loser like you?
mp Thursday, 27 February 2020 10:14 AM
Is this the man trying to become the PM?
George Harry Thursday, 27 February 2020 10:42 AM
The best Suit SYMBOL I would suggest you for SJB is "0" (ZERO).
George Harry Thursday, 27 February 2020 10:51 AM
More than that, Mr. Mano Ganeshan's decision seems it was Ranil regime helped regroup the LTTE, branded LTTE imprisoned released, deal with SAMPANTHAN to agree on defecto state, sold national assets to India, imported ISIS into Sri Lanka from INDIAN etc.....etc.....etc....
Ranjith Thursday, 27 February 2020 01:18 PM
Sajith people are with you you have a good chance of becoming nest president of sri lanka let Gota rule till 2025
Meda Colomba Aryawa Thursday, 27 February 2020 02:11 PM
SJB is also called Sajith Jalani Balawegaya
Amarasinghe Thursday, 27 February 2020 04:52 PM
Sajith, your inviting Ranil, Ravi, Mangala, Kiriella and the like is like inviting DISASTER !
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