It would be a cakewalk for the rival candidate to win the upcoming presidential election unless the United National Party (UNP) fields its Deputy Leader Minister Sajith Premadasa, Foreign Employment and Sports Minister Harin Fernando said.
"It is not easy to ride the waves unless the UNP fields someone who is able to win," he said following a ceremony for the launching 'Ran Piyapath' at the Sri Lankan Bureau of Foreign Employment today.
He said it would ideal to field 52-year-old Sajith as the candidate rather than counting on the members coming only from the same families to join the fray.
"Most of the candidates to be are above 70. But Minister Premadasa is much younger than them. I believe Sajith is a hardworking person," he said.
“In my opinion, it will be arduous for the UNP without infusing young blood and new vision. The Prime Minister should be there. Then, we can have discussions on the way forward,” Mr. Fernando said.
There will be a meeting titled 'Rella Badullen Sajith Enawaa' on August 12 to give a warm welcome to Mr. Premadasa.
He will be visiting Hali Ela in the Badulla District to launch a loan scheme and a housing project. Badulla is my electorate. Therefore I will organise the meeting to welcome him.
"Like cricket coaches, the country's leaders should also be changed periodically," Mr. Fernando said. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)
Roshan Goonesekera Thursday, 08 August 2019 07:10 PM
Maybe it was his father who told him so
Lion Thursday, 08 August 2019 07:23 PM
Stupidity in highest level.He assumes that he knows everything.Poor soul
Dhammika Thursday, 08 August 2019 07:29 PM
Sri Lanka needs a young leader like SAJITH not pensioners above 70 .
Be Fair Thursday, 08 August 2019 07:38 PM
Hathuru given marching orders....
May be its you next
Sherin Mendis Thursday, 08 August 2019 07:50 PM
It is extremely disappointing person like Harin trying to promote Feudalism and in my opinion he should continue his politics with SLPP or SLFP.
xlntgson Thursday, 08 August 2019 09:11 PM
Why not Fonseka again as a common candidate, JVP? Prevent family bandyism JR's grandson, Premadasa's son, Gamini Dissanayake's uncle et al
Gamarala Friday, 09 August 2019 12:17 AM
New vision? It is said to be the coming back of Premadasa vision.
Tamil Friday, 09 August 2019 12:31 AM
Is Sajith, an intellectual, educated in a top university in the West, an effective communicator,
a spellbinding orator, has the charm to attract the voters, or has the ideas to solve the Tamil
problem ? None.
Sarath de Silva Friday, 09 August 2019 06:05 AM
Isn't it better that you keep quiet so that you can maintain your status? You have already lost your respect.
Andrew Silva Friday, 09 August 2019 06:33 AM
You are correct Harim if Sri Lanka wants stability, prosperity and fair play Sajit is the man
Ronnie Bugger Friday, 09 August 2019 08:36 AM
Why make doomsday predictions about Sajith, The word IF is a mighty big word. Sajith has all it takes to win votes and hearts but if its Gota from the Jokers Organization, he will only get others to shout for him because as it appear he can not shout from a chair.
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