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Kabir Hashim dismisses UNP decision to sack members contesting from SJB

ECONOMYNEXT- Former MP Kabir Hashim says that the decision of the UNP working committee to suspend 99 UNP members who gave nominations under the Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB) has no validity.

“This decision doesn’t even matter, it is not valid and there is no legality to it,” he said

Speaking to reporters, Friday evening he said that this decision is not valid as the SJB was formed legally after taking the approval from the UNP working committee which is headed by Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Hashim who was the Chairman of the UNP added that the UNP WC recommended that the SJB be formed and legally permitted all the UNP candidates to contest the General Election through the alliance with Sajith Premadasa as its leader and Ranjith Madduma Bandara as the General Secretary.

Further, he said since 1994 there have been few members in the UNP who tried to defeat the party at every election by putting up deals with government, “they are the ones who are doing this,” he added.

He also said that the government is using this minority in the UNP to create a crisis between the UNP and SJB at a time when the people all around the country have started to voice their disapproval of the government so that people will forget about real problems in the country.

The UNP working committee approved the suspension of its Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa and 98 other party members who had given nomination to contest the General Election through the SJB, the suspended members have been asked to give explanations on their decision to contest from another party.

Hashim said that this decision by the UNP working committee is not a problem to them and that they will not get involved in it, “our lawyers are taking care of it,” he added.

Moreover, he said that the majority of the UNP leadership is with SJB and they are going to win the elections by building up the lost confidence in the people towards the opposition which is exactly what the SJB is doing now.

“After that, we will work on reconciling the UNP, we will not take up that problem now. At present the issue now it is the election and the common enemy is the government that works against the people,” he said (Colombo/May29/2020)

Reported by Imesh Ranasinghe