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United National Party (UNP) MP Ruwan Wijewardene said today he had decided to resign from his post of UNP National Youth Front (NYF) Chairman to make way for Harin Fernando.

He said Mr. Fernando had sacrificed his parliamentary membership for the UNP to contest the elections for the Uva Provincial Council.

“He has proved that positions are of no value when it comes to the wellbeing of the party. Therefore, I made this decision to resign as Chairman of the NYF and give to Harin the praise he deserves. No matter what the government says, the UNP is the real winner at the elections and Harin’s sacrifice is the main reason for the victory,” Mr. Wijewardene told a news conference.  

He said he would convey his decision to the Party National Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and Leadership Council Chairman Karu Jayasuriya and said it would be taken up at the Working Committee meeting to be held yesterday or at its next meeting.

Mr. Wijewardene said there was no need to cling to positions and that he had neither asked for any posts. “I am a descendent of a generation of great politicians and I’m ready to sacrifice anything for the party,” he said and added that he hoped Mr. Fernando, who is currently NYF National Organiser would accept the proposal.

Mr. Wijewardene said Mr. Fernando even deserved to be a member of the Leadership Council.

He said the NYF had already made arrangements to strengthen the countrywide youth community and providing them with opportunities to develop themselves.

“Parliamentarians like Tissa Attanayake and Akila Viraj Kariyawasam are the fruitful products of the NYF,” Mr. Wijewardene said.  

Commenting on the new appointments in the UNP, he said Sajith Premadasa’s appointment as Deputy Leader of the party was a huge investment.

“The party will carry out several reforms so as to bring about party unity. I’m sure we will all be able to overcome our differences and resolve our concerns. Some may have been upset over the new appointments but these matters can be sorted out and what finally matters is to do the best for the party,” he said.

Mr. Wijewardene said the party had taken a new turn today with the upswing at the UVA elections and it was ready to win any upcoming election.  

Meanwhile UNP MP Eran Wickremeratne said the sacrifices made by Mr. Wijewardene and Mr. Fernando had set up a new culture in the party and proving that a person does not need posts to do politics.

 “Ruwan and Harin have showed that party comes first and not positions,” he said adding that Mr. Wijewardene could not be separated from politics or the UNP because he comes from eminent political families -- D.S. Senanayke and D.R. Wijewardene.

UNP MP Ajith P. Perera said Mr. Wijewardene’s decision came as a surprise but had set a good example to be emulated. (Lahiru Pothmulla and Chaturanga Pradeep)

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  • The cool guy Wednesday, 24 September 2014 09:29 AM

    great sacrifice by you to Mr. Ruwan

    mount Tuesday, 23 September 2014 05:01 PM

    Welcome HARIN.

    Kamal Tuesday, 23 September 2014 11:32 AM

    A rare gentlemanly gesture. Ruwan and Hiran are the new bright lights of UNP!

    Chandra Tuesday, 23 September 2014 09:07 PM

    Well Done you are a true leader via DM iPad app

    Francis Tuesday, 23 September 2014 08:58 AM

    Fully agree, he is in fact a super star who will have a bright future, people have lot of respect for him than for MR

    Perera Tuesday, 23 September 2014 08:58 AM

    Great Ruwan and Ranil should give a prominent place to Hiran
    in Party.

    Hiran is much better accepted person than Sajith. Sajith only talk, but afraid of his MP post as party told him to contest in the Southern Provision and he reject.

    So can he be a leader of future???????

    Aso san Tuesday, 23 September 2014 08:59 AM

    Ruwan can be the chairman of the NYF. Harin should be the national organizer.

    Gladiator Tuesday, 23 September 2014 09:03 AM

    Gentlemen politics from Ruwan and Harin deserves this post..
    All the very best for UNP

    sp Tuesday, 23 September 2014 09:06 AM

    Great,Living by example.Wish you good luck in your future endeavors.

    waruna Tuesday, 23 September 2014 09:07 AM

    If this is done with goodwill,
    without any hidden agendas,this is also a great sacrifice.

    Namal Tuesday, 23 September 2014 09:11 AM

    Hats off Ruwan. Why dont you ask your uncle RW to take the same decision. Then people will flock in numbers around UNP.

    Good Sign $UNP Tuesday, 23 September 2014 09:18 AM

    Great more. Everyone should give away for the party win wihout seeing the posts..this is a good sign for UNP MPs

    Nihal Amarasekera Tuesday, 23 September 2014 09:28 AM

    Way forward for a strong government controlling opposition.

    christo quyn Tuesday, 23 September 2014 09:29 AM

    Good work Mr Ruwan,thats team work ,and the next best for the post of NYF chairman is Harin,for sure the next Election the best decision , ruwan you too are the best in the UNP.lets work for our victory.

    Lucky Weeramantry Tuesday, 23 September 2014 09:30 AM

    Great Move By Ruwan. Harin Deserves All The Credit.

    Lulu Tuesday, 23 September 2014 12:56 PM

    Great move by Ruwan, we need more people with like thinking for the party and not for positions

    Amman Tuesday, 23 September 2014 09:35 AM

    You understand all but RW didn't. Tell RW to resign and hand over to Harin he will make all necessities and give way to RW,, then only easy game,,

    GC Tuesday, 23 September 2014 09:44 AM

    Yes, these two can be the future leaders of the party and the country instead of those who are after posts.

    IZMY Tuesday, 23 September 2014 09:45 AM

    Sajith take a leaf from these two gentlemen rather than been greedy for high posts

    GC Tuesday, 23 September 2014 09:56 AM

    Can now be a member of the Leadership Council too, provided Ranil does not dissolve it.

    JKJ Tuesday, 23 September 2014 09:57 AM

    Those who are commenting here do not understand what root level UNPers think.

    They love Sajith Premadasa.

    yehiya Tuesday, 23 September 2014 10:07 AM

    No you must there , give the national organiser. You, rosy sen.& Anuradhapura member done the good job x

    lankaputh Tuesday, 23 September 2014 10:08 AM

    You both have a bright future. All the best


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