Ruwan Wijewardene says UNP will “join hands” with the SJB
ECONOMYNEXT- Deputy Secretary-General of United National Party (UNP) Ruwan Wijewardene says his party hopes to join hands and work with the breakaway Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) in the future.
Speaking to media yesterday, the former State Minister said that there should be a change in the UNP and that they will reorganise the party to face the upcoming provincial council elections.
“We have to regain the trust and confidence of our followers and the people in the country, at a time the vote percentage has dropped to 2-3% we have a good opportunity to completely change the party,” he said.
Further, he said that changing the leadership cannot be done in one or two days and that it requires time to transition to new leadership.
On August 5, the UNP faced the worst defeat in its history by failing to win a single electorate at the parliamentary elections held, the party which had 106 seats in the previous parliament was reduced to one seat which was allocated to them through the national list.
Party’s General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said last week that the current leader, former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, has indicated he wishes to step down after the huge defeat. Wickremesinghe has been the leader of the UNP for 26 years.
Later Kariyawasam said that Wickremesinghe will quit his position after the upcoming provincial council elections, claiming that Wickremesinghe would be in the leadership for at least 6 more months. (Colombo/Aug19/2020)
Reported by Imesh Ranasinghe