Our country would have been like S’pore if UNP had stayed united – Navin
“If Gamini, Lalith and Premadasa had worked together our party would have never faced defeat at that time and our country would have been a Singapore by now,” says Minister of Plantation Industries Navin Dissanayake.
At an event in Temple trees yesterday (19 Aug ) the minister said that looking at the history, the UNP fell apart in many instances because there were conflicts within the party.
He also added “if we go forward while protecting the unity of the party then there would be a clear victory.”
Further, he said that in 1973 if Rukman Senanayake who was the grandson D.S. Senanayake had not gone against J.R. Jayawardena, Rukman would have been transformed to be a great leader in the party.
Similarly, he said that in 1990 Gamini Dissanayake and Lalith Athulathmudali stood against Ranasinghe Premadasa and left the party while started their own parties.
“At that time I told my late father not to go away from the party,” Dissanayake said.
He also said that SLPP has more problems than the UNP, as some of their members are averse to the militaristic attitude of their candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
Dissanayake said that there are certain methods in the party to select a suitable candidate and that there cannot be any problem in the party if there is any, “everyone should be able to sit down talk it out like gentlemen,” he added.
Kithmina Hewage- Institute of Policy Studies