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’’Why should I get into deals with Ranil?’’ asks Sajith

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Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa denounced reports that the SJB and the UNP will merge soon while he would become the Prime Minister under Ranil Wickremesinghe if the latter wins the next Presidential election.

"Why should I get into deals with Ranil?" he questioned. 

Responding to reports on a complaint by some ruling party MPs that he is wasting time and money in Parliament by raising uneccessery questions, Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa said rasing questions excessesively in the House on issues faced by the people is correct. 

"I raise questions on behalf of the people who suffer from hunger and thirst, I inquire about inferior quality medicine in order to see that these issues are resolved. Therefore, I am doing the correct thing. This is why I am happy about the complaint against me by ruling party MPs," Premadasa said at a gathering at Reggie Ranatunga Vidyalaya in Minuwangoda. 

"I don't want to become like those Opposition MPs who get a monthly payment from the President," he added.(Yohan Perera)


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  • Tissa Fernando Wednesday, 30 August 2023 05:10 PM

    That is the only way you can land with a Minister post for now and in the next election. Once Ranil retires , you can probably keep your fingers crossed for new opportunities.

    Sam Silva Wednesday, 30 August 2023 05:27 PM

    Because that is how our politicians work and you must be already working with him.

    Voter Wednesday, 30 August 2023 05:39 PM

    Honourable opposition leader.well done .Stick to your principals.

    Dinesh Thursday, 31 August 2023 12:13 AM

    Yes. Principals. Not principles. Since he doesn't have any. Lol.

    Bernard Jayatilake Wednesday, 30 August 2023 06:14 PM

    Some M.P.s from the SLPP are desperately promoting the incumbent ruler in the hope of convincing the majority of unsuspecting voters to believe the cosmetic recovery of the economy which is only on paper, to come back to power to set the stage for potential second bankruptcy of the country.

    Ranjan Thursday, 31 August 2023 12:12 AM

    So you agree we are out from bankruptcy since you are talking about a second one? Don't be an hypocrite mate. Give the credit where it's due.

    Kandiah Balendran Wednesday, 30 August 2023 07:59 PM

    Opposition leader annual budget is 237 million. Sajith is also a leech of Diyawannawa.

    Mahila Thursday, 31 August 2023 03:25 AM

    What is 237 MILLION, compared to others PM, Leader of the House, Cabinet Ministers, Chief Government Whip having Annual Budget (Excluding Capital Expenditure) being in BILLIONS!!!??? CRAZY!?

    Grace Wednesday, 30 August 2023 10:19 PM

    You don't want a deal with Ranil but you have a secret deal with him to stop JVP coming to power. People have 2 faces. Sri Lankan politicians have many faces. Only one face we can see.

    Pantha Kumaran Wednesday, 30 August 2023 10:56 PM

    There is no future to our country as long as the current politicians are in power. I am not a supporter of Ranil, Sajth. Mahinda mama or any others. These lots ruined our country and they continue to do the same. Their only agends is power and they don't care us.

    Dicky Wednesday, 30 August 2023 11:26 PM

    Q. What do Ranil

    GHT Wednesday, 30 August 2023 11:37 PM

    It's ridiculous that all "KOTA-UDA" parties join together to waste energy and money to compete with the TRUE PEOPLE's LEADER RAJAPAKSAS who proved winning many elections. Rajapaksas evidenced victories in multiple terms to prove that they are the leaders of the PEOPLE of Sri Lanka. You guys faced repeated defeat whereby proved that you are rejected-lot forever by the very people.

    Two headed political snake Thursday, 31 August 2023 01:53 AM

    Because you are so panicked about JVP ascendency, you would rather sell your soul to the devil, rathar than caring for the the well-being of the citizens.

    Gama Rala Thursday, 31 August 2023 01:57 AM

    You can do that for short term gain but you will live the rest of your life in shame. The destiny of the country is already decided and it will never be the corrupt political parties ever.

    ROSH Thursday, 31 August 2023 02:00 AM

    Well what he doesn’t understand the real situation behind this. Unelected master debating president loves turning his back on him on his double bedroom before becoming immortal useless leader Sri Lanka ever produced

    Unite against the criminal syndicate Thursday, 31 August 2023 02:04 AM

    Not if you have an ounce of decency in you. As a citizen I hope you stand by your principles and not let us down for short term gain.

    Robin Banks Thursday, 31 August 2023 02:16 AM

    Don't sell your soul to the devil and forfeit the most precious thing in life, dignity and honour.

    Asbendum Thursday, 31 August 2023 03:21 AM

    Like father like son, always looking for cheap publicity.

    DD Thursday, 31 August 2023 03:37 AM

    Hey Sajit, my old school buddy, here's a friendly nudge from the past. Remember back when we were squirming in the canteen line for grab? Those were the days – and get this, you were basically the Prime Minister's undercover agent! Now, about those 'Lichchhavis' – those cool cats from ancient India? Time to give their wisdom a modern spin, don't you think? And guess what? Ranil Lokka managed to pull off a victory in a one-horse race. Since he was your ringleader for a bit, let's roll with the 'Lichchhavis' vibe, forget the history, and hop on the support train..

    Questions and answers session Thursday, 31 August 2023 06:47 AM

    We see you raising questions, but do you have the capacity to understand when answers are given to your questions? What actions can you take from the answers provided?

    Terrence K Thursday, 31 August 2023 07:52 AM

    Why do you want to use the dirty word deals instead can't we use the word patch up for old times sake as I have a vision for you.

    Aran Thursday, 31 August 2023 07:52 AM

    Making EX GRATIA PAYMENT TO WOO SUPPORT is considered as BRIBE. RW should know this.

    Kamal Bolawansa Thursday, 31 August 2023 09:08 AM

    Everything is Ok, what happened to the No confidence motion against the Health Minister? Was it solved by a deal?

    Bernard Fernando Thursday, 31 August 2023 09:12 AM

    You missed a golden opportunity to become the President long time ago. Now you will have to sit in the opposition life time.

    Do Doo Dooo Chin Thursday, 31 August 2023 09:26 AM

    Like Ranil or Mahinda opposition leader, don't have leadership qualities as he is sloppy. As a consequence, there are more than 20 SJB MPs. will leave him shortly and join with Ranil.

    Ara Thursday, 31 August 2023 09:26 AM

    Get rid of people like Ranil, who has run this country to the ground

    M.T. Leel Karunaratne (attorney-at-law) Thursday, 31 August 2023 09:29 AM

    Mr. Sajith Premadasa, sorry to say, finally you will be left over with Laxman Kiriella only, before that go and work under Ranil.

    JKD Janz Thursday, 31 August 2023 09:30 AM

    The best thing you should do is step down from the leadership of SJB and hand-it-over to Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka.

    Mizaru Thursday, 31 August 2023 09:33 AM

    Most of his questions are stupid or not relevant. He should give the more knowledgable opposition MP an opportunity to rise questions and statement. Ranil was no better.

    Gundapala Kannimahal Thursday, 31 August 2023 09:41 AM

    I think it is a good decision! Why dod you want to deal with man had no place in the election and squeezed through the door to the parliament! Then had a deal with a group to save their stolen funds and all allegations - now working well - all are leaving without a mark as expected!

    Russel Harmmer Thursday, 31 August 2023 09:42 AM

    Well said Sajith. You are a man have dignity, honesty and you are really professional. Next Presidential Election you will be elected as our President. Good luck.

    M.M.H. Mohamed Jabeer Thursday, 31 August 2023 09:44 AM

    Joining with Ranil is very dangerous, you know pretty well what happened to Sirisena? Ranil kept Sirisena under his boots.

    Prof. M.D.R. Perera Thursday, 31 August 2023 09:55 AM

    Sajith Putha, your close associates in the SJB are having deals with Ranil and going to join him. Mahinda Rajapakshe pumps millions to Ranil to break your party in to pieces, this is the reality.

    Ron hardy Thursday, 31 August 2023 09:57 AM

    Ranil is a master well experienced educated a man with a vision for the future he have done a fair job in his most difficult journey so far the smart decent educated honest politicians must united to Rebuild this nation's Future and the prosperity without playing cat

    Ron hardy Thursday, 31 August 2023 09:57 AM

    Ranil is a master well experienced educated a man with a vision for the future he have done a fair job in his most difficult journey so far the smart decent educated honest politicians must united to Rebuild this nation's Future and the prosperity without playing cat

    Bannis Mama Thursday, 31 August 2023 09:58 AM

    If Ranil absorb Sajith and offer him a Governor's position it is OK, since Sajith is not suitable to be the Prime Minister.

    Dr. D.E.W. Wickramanayake Thursday, 31 August 2023 10:02 AM

    Educated people (Professionals) are with Sajith and Ranil has only SLPP gangsters (rouges). Obviously, Sajith is not a lunatic to go and join with Ranil.

    Man Thursday, 31 August 2023 10:31 AM

    @ Tissa Fernando; Is that you desire, aspire and dream like some other here ?

    Boomin Thursday, 31 August 2023 10:40 AM

    Dear Mr.Sajith Even if you loose or win please don't join with RW because you are not only going to lose your dignity but the respect you have earned too so don't greedy for position. Wishing you good luck and hope you will do good for the down trodden masses May the Triple Gems bless you

    Bernard Jayatilake Thursday, 31 August 2023 05:50 PM

    Why should someone who aspires to become a future head of state become second fiddle to a person who succeeded a conman after the latter plunged the country to bankruptcy within two years after fooling the majority of people at the elections and now his successor cum contract person cannot claim any credit from his political dustbin as since independence we have never heard the word "bankruptcy" and we have always been a "developing" country?

    Volker Metzger Thursday, 31 August 2023 10:08 PM

    The main task of Sajith Premadasa as leader of the opposition is to point out the "sore spots" of government policy again and again, to name them, to criticize them and to submit constructive counter-proposals! But under no circumstances should he enter into any kind of deal or pact with the unloved, unelected President Wickremesigne! He should make wise policies for the country and the SJB, join forces internally and resign in favor of the best and most promising presidential candidate, Sarath Fonseka !!! Under him he can then take on a ministerial office that corresponds to his skills and experience! Ranil will lose the election! The SJB will increase its electoral chances with such a decision, without it no government will be possible and the country and the people will overcome the most painful phase of the last 70 years!


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