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27 August 2020 10:02 am - 10     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


UNP General Secretary and former State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene said that party sympathisers were requesting him to accept the party leadership and that he was prepared to do so and lead the party to victory in the future if they had confidence in him.

Addressing a gathering of his supporters in the Gampaha District who met him at his residence in Malwana, he said that the UNP had stood with victory and defeat alike and that the recent general election was not the first time that the party faced a debacle.

“The UNP suffered a debacle in 1970, but it scored a five-sixth majority in parliament at the landslide victory of 1977. Wrongs should be righted and the party led to victory in the future. Several personalities including former Speaker Karu Jayasuriya have been proposed for leadership.

The party working committee would take a decision in this regard. My request to the UNP sympathisers is to join hands forgetting differences, if any, and to strengthen the party with concerted effort," he said.

He further said that the present government had neglected all development activities and denied relief provided to the people by the previous government. He pointed out that the people were facing hardship due to the spiralling cost of living.

Several local politicians including the Leader of the Opposition in the Biyagama Pradeshiya Sabha addressed the gathering. (W. D. M. Vithanage - Malwana)

  Comments - 10

  • Ronnir Bugger Thursday, 27 August 2020 11:23 AM

    Rather than in-fighting among the remaining debris at Siri Kotha, they should all resign first, hand over the Party HQ to the opposition leadership which has a legitimate ownership and re-join new members.

    Sarana Kumarana Thursday, 27 August 2020 11:25 AM

    We will not vote again the failing UNP. RW had given many many chances and not done anything to SL people and/or to the country. MR and GR have done many-many!!

    Roshanaly Thursday, 27 August 2020 11:31 AM

    All the UNP members are willing to accept Party leadership.

    Roylie Dejong Thursday, 27 August 2020 12:34 PM

    He's the best to head the UNP I would say a good future for the UNP

    Bandara Thursday, 27 August 2020 02:14 PM

    You are the only one who can bring the UNP forward with UNP core values.

    Johan Thursday, 27 August 2020 02:18 PM

    He is not the ideal person it should be Karu Jayasooriya because we know the capabilities of Ruwan when he was State Minister for defence

    H.M. Kirimathaya Thursday, 27 August 2020 02:59 PM

    First of all try to pull Ranil by his color and throw him out of Sri Kotha, later we will think about who is the next leader.

    Tony Appusingho Thursday, 27 August 2020 03:01 PM

    Its a joke man. You are just a mushroom born for yesterday's rain.... get lost.

    Leel Weerasooriya Thursday, 27 August 2020 03:04 PM

    Best thing - you join with Sajith (SBJ) then one fine day, he could consider you as the Leader of UNP, now now putha.

    Mohan Thursday, 27 August 2020 07:58 PM

    So many ready to lead while no one to follow! Success of Ranil

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