Ranil – Sajith meeting didn’t happen

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The meeting between Ranil Wickremesinghe and Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa, which many UNP supporters hoped would happen today has not taken place.

Tissa Attanayake, the former General Secretary of the party told economynext that he is hopeful “the minor issues that remain” will soon be resolved and the UNP could present a united front at the Parliamentary General elections due in the last week of April.

Attanayake who lost his party position and then crossed over to the government in 2015, made a comeback last year when he helped organise Premadasa’s Presidential bid.

He is now playing the role of go-between hoping to find a compromise between the two fighting factions of the party.

Over the weekend UNP leaders said the two sides would “come to a settlement where Sajith will be the Prime Ministerial candidate and also the leader of the New Democratic Front alliance and Ranil would stay on as Party Leader.”

But the divisions in the party run deep and rumours that Wickremesinghe wants some MPs critical of him removed from the top decision-making body the Working Committee have upset some of the Premadasa faction.

Yesterday Jan 26, Premadasa told a gathering of UNP Local Councillors that internal party democracy is important and that party-members “should have the ability to remove the leadership.”