Ratnapura district UNP parliamentarian Hesha Withanage says either Karu Jayasuriya, Sajith Premadasa or Ranil Wickremesinghe will be the Party’s candidate for the upcoming presidential election.
He also said that the decision will be made by the executive committee and the Parliamentary group of the party.
Withanage said this at a media briefing held yesterday (7) at Temple Trees.
He also said that no outside leader will come forward for the presidency apart from these three leaders from the party and that even if a common candidate is nominated it will definitely be one of these three leaders.
Badulla district Parliamentarian Chaminda Wijesiri said that there is no problem in the leadership of the party as there is strong leadership in the party.
“But some are trying to show that there are problems in the leadership” he added.
Answering to a question raised by a journalist he also said that the Muslim ministers clearly state their reason for the resignation to the media and there are no hidden reasons behind it.
Withanage also added by saying that at a time where all the fingers are pointed towards the Muslim community by their resignation they have given the opportunity to the security officials to investigate and find out who is guilty and who is innocent.
Further, he said that if any of the allegations made about Rishad Bathiudeen is found to be true as the backbenchers of the party they will be the first to rise against him.
“Even if the president is ready to support us in the Presidential elections considering the current situation and the attitude people have regarding him, we will have to decide whether we are going take his support,” said Wijesiri.