ECONOMYNEXT – The leader of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) Sajith Premadasa is inviting all those opposed to the government to join his alliance.
Premadasa speaking at the opening of the SJB Headquarters in Athulkotte Monday, said he and the alliance General Secretary Ranjith Madduma Bandara had met the United National Party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and invited him for the launch of the alliance last week.
Wickremesinghe did not accept the invitation and Premadasa said that the offer is still open.
The UNP has announced that it will contest the April 25 General elections as a separate party although the party’s top decision-making body the Working Committee approved of the formation of the alliance and the appointment of Premadasa as its leader.
The opening ceremony this morning was attended by the leaders of the parties allied to the SJB. They included Rauf Hakeem of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, Mano Ganesan of the Democratic People’s Front and Patali Champika Ranawaka of the Hela Urumaya.
A number of senior UNP former Ministers and MPs, as well as Municipal Councilors from Colombo, were present. (Colombo March 9, 2020)