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The United National Party (UNP) and the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) have kicked off key talks to explore the possibility of working together.

SJB MP Harin Fernando told Daily Mirror that he met UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and discussed opportunities to work together.

“I met Ranil Wickremesinghe. I told my leader I’m going to meet him because he also wanted to have a chat and to see how we can work together. Our General Secretary has opened up a conversation,” Fernando said.

He said that Wickremesinghe had requested the SJB to have talks with UNP Deputy Leader Ruwan Wijewardena and work out an arrangement.

“I think Ruwan has an ideal opportunity because he’s young. He worked with us. We have been together as a team,” Fernando said.

However, Wickremesinghe ruled out a possible merger between the UNP and SJB. When contacted, a spokesman told Daily Mirror after speaking to Wickremesinghe that there will not be a merger. 

Instead, Wickremesinghe said he is open to working with the SJB on key issues. “We need to get all of them on one platform because we are fighting a regime that is very difficult. So if you are to fight against corruption, malpractices, we need to come into a common platform, leaving our political differences aside,” Fernando said. (EASWARAN RUTNAM)

  Comments - 3

  • Mohamed Monday, 08 February 2021 09:05 AM

    Going back to travel with the old (naaki) elephant

    Milinda Monday, 08 February 2021 09:12 AM

    This clearly shows the nakedness of the opposition and how corrupt they were when they were ruling the country during 2015 / 2019 period. The commission reports say it all and the net is closing on them. Many of them will be charged and may be behind bars or eliminated from the political arena. The only option they have now is gag together for their own survival.

    Ronnie Bugger Monday, 08 February 2021 11:08 AM

    There are 'skeletons in the cupboards' of old debris including RW still within the UNP. Any, if a merger gets negotiated, that will be the beginning of the END of the SJB.

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