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Prepared for debate in May but not on dates suggested by NPP: SJB

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Colombo, April 24 (Daily Mirror) - Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) yesterday said its leader Sajith Premadasa is ready for the proposed debate with National People's Power (NPP), leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake on the policies of both parties on economic issues in the month of May but not on dates proposed by NPP Member Nalinda Jayatissa.

Dr Jayatissa proposed that the NPP Leader is ready for the date on May 7, 9, 13 or 14. However MP Nalin Bandara said in a statement that Mr. Premadasa cannot make it during those days as he has planned to hold a few conferences including a women's conference and a farmer's conference.

Mr. Premadasa also in a public meeting said he is willing to have a debate with his NPP counterpart in May but not on the days proposed by Dr. Jayatissa. "We should have two debates which include the one between the leaders of the two parties and the other between the economic expert teams of both parties," he said.

  Comments - 38

  • Ashokan Wednesday, 24 April 2024 08:49 AM

    Anura talks to the point and he talks with facts. Sajith on the other hand just bluffs

    Tomiya Wednesday, 24 April 2024 03:19 PM

    Both are big talkers. Went into hiding when they were given the challenge to turn the country around.

    They Didn’t Want To Join With SLPP Wednesday, 24 April 2024 04:50 PM

    @Tomiya- they did not want to join SLPP morons. Ranil took it coz may have got a good package of support from them if didn’t interfere with their agenda and he can enjoy the perks and globe trotting. Why till today non of the previous corruption and murder cases are not brought up in court?

    Sam Silva Wednesday, 24 April 2024 05:54 PM

    One is no better than the other. Debate or not both are not in a position to govern a country.

    Sambo Wednesday, 24 April 2024 08:50 AM

    Why not. Four dates given and not one. If you cannot agree to one of them then something is wrong somewhere.

    Man Wednesday, 24 April 2024 01:16 PM

    As there are not less than 6.9 M idiots in Sri Lanka who made SL prosperous in viscosity unlike never before.

    ANE anichang Wednesday, 24 April 2024 08:57 AM

    Sajith must be brushing up on his Shakespearian accent.

    Jude Wednesday, 24 April 2024 08:59 AM

    Hey NPP the debate is bad idea. You give 4 possible dates and SJB rejected all 4 dates, think about it they're trying to dictate terms. From the beginning I told you NPP the debate is an bad idea, you don't need to do it. Your opponents wants to bite the bait!!

    Navin Wednesday, 24 April 2024 09:01 AM

    Do the smart thing and call in sick.

    Jude Wednesday, 24 April 2024 09:02 AM

    Debate not gonna help NPP, because what ever you say they're gonna twist and turn to their benefit.. NPP you're the front runner, you don't give the opponents some kind of advantage to get at you.

    Man Wednesday, 24 April 2024 01:23 PM

    You sensed the point that NPP will fail in every aspect and it will be Gota part II. I'm jealous of you as you are very intelligent in every sense.

    Jaffna Citien Thursday, 25 April 2024 03:54 PM

    No man, Intelligence is chasing Jude and he is faster than it

    joshua Wednesday, 24 April 2024 09:02 AM

    Thought as much. Expected something to avoid.

    Jagath Wednesday, 24 April 2024 09:04 AM

    Which party are you representing? SLPP UNP or SjJB?

    Gerry Wednesday, 24 April 2024 09:09 AM

    Then, why not offer some dates?

    Man Wednesday, 24 April 2024 01:34 PM

    NPP / JVP want to skip the most important economic council debate and announced the dates unilaterally as it is how they intend to practice when ruling the country, if elected. It's a glimpse of dictatorship, indeed.

    SJB is a Write Off Wednesday, 24 April 2024 09:21 AM

    This fella has No guts to debate. Just good for barking in public and showing his two cents worth. Time to have a more productive opposition similarly in UK and Australia where sound debates with alternative suggestions are proposed. That’s why they get elected in most of the following elections.

    Man Wednesday, 24 April 2024 01:25 PM

    No due elections held in Sri Lanka as SL is not democratic country to get elected.

    Anura Nanayakkara Wednesday, 24 April 2024 09:23 AM


    Man Wednesday, 24 April 2024 09:24 AM

    The leaders' debate must be preceded by the debate of Economic Councils. It must be a condition. If the member/s of the councils cross over, by the nomination date, if any election is held, another must be held, followed by another Leaders' debate on consensus. Actions performed, too must be elaborated as talks only do not ensure credibility as the actions matter.

    nsathees Wednesday, 24 April 2024 09:32 AM

    Be a Gentleman and agree on one of those dates. Statesmanship!

    Katayaa Wednesday, 24 April 2024 09:32 AM

    Why are you wasting people's sanity and why not not do anything at all?

    Gabriella Wednesday, 24 April 2024 09:49 AM

    Yes. the moon will be partially obscured by Jupiter and Pluto will be up Uranus It appears that any decision will need the approval of astrologers. These are the primitives who are vying for leadership.

    Ryt said fred Wednesday, 24 April 2024 01:33 PM

    lol good one

    CitizenP Wednesday, 24 April 2024 10:03 AM

    It is pretty sure this guy will never participate any debate...

    Jana shantha Wednesday, 24 April 2024 10:27 AM

    What a Drama - trying to fool the people of SL by both these jokers !

    Really Wednesday, 24 April 2024 11:39 AM

    This idiot needs to be at schools before starting debating about economy.

    SJB Chickening Out As Usual Wednesday, 24 April 2024 12:05 PM

    Given so many dates to choose and as usual, showing off his arrogance towards an important debate. Seems he’s chickening out from responsibility again and just wants to continue enjoying being in the opposition. Because he can continue collecting the parliamentary perks such as full security details, SUVs, Office with staff etc at the expense of taxpayers. Be a gentleman and postpone one of your “appointments” on one of those days NPP is willing to debate with you. You still have around a month to sort out new dates for your other “appointments”.

    Suranga Wednesday, 24 April 2024 01:11 PM

    Escape route in place!!! 4 dates on the table, surely SP can select one.? The debate will never happen

    Jega Wednesday, 24 April 2024 01:34 PM

    Sajith is once again dodging as he did when invited to take over the premiership by Gota. He always has preconditions to evade the responsibities. Can't he arrange one date among the dates suggested by NPP? What a joke.

    Onlooker Wednesday, 24 April 2024 03:16 PM

    May be Sajith did not agree to Gota request to keep Rajapakses untouched. Also he knew that SLPP majority will not vote for him in Parliament. ADK was offered and he knew both these conditions as well but to Ranil he had nothing to lose.

    Man Wednesday, 24 April 2024 03:23 PM

    For clowns, it's a joke indeed.

    Benza Wednesday, 24 April 2024 03:58 PM

    Sri lanka needs knew kids on the block whole country going on and on with fellows had no legs to stand when giing was tough........go you good thing

    Joseph Wednesday, 24 April 2024 04:13 PM

    Ha Ha ha , The debate will never take place both side will not find a mutually acceptable date nor will they attempt to find one

    Dr Saman Wednesday, 24 April 2024 04:41 PM

    Everyone knew Sajith is scared to debate with AKD

    Lasantha Jayasinghe Wednesday, 24 April 2024 05:19 PM

    AKD is far superior with his knowledge, intelligence and debating skills

    Nadi Karunaratne Wednesday, 24 April 2024 08:55 PM

    If you were confident you would jump at chance to debate. Could easily reschedule one of your usual pocket meetings. Not a good to be evasive.

    Nutmeg Thursday, 25 April 2024 12:38 PM

    @They didn't want - That is the excuse they gave to cover their nakedness. All were afraid to gamble on their political future as it would require taking hard unpopular decisions to save SL.

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