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UNP WC meetings no longer relevant to us: Sujeewa

Working committee meetings of the United National Party (UNP) are no longer relevant to the faction loyal to prime ministerial hopeful Sajith Premadasa, ex-MP Sujeewa Senasinghe said.

The Premadasa loyalist told reporters today that he will boycott the working committee (WC) meeting scheduled for later this afternoon.

“WC meetings are no longer relevant to us. We gave [the faction of the party loyal to leader Ranil Wickremesinghe] one last chance. But Wickremesinghe was repeatedly talking about the new alliance’s general secretary position,” said Senasinghe.

“They forcefully affiliated [Wickremsinghe loyalist] Ravi Karunanayake with the swan symbol. We said we don’t want the swan but a common symbol that the general public can easily identify,” he added.

The former MP further said that the new symbol of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) alliance will be announced soon.

“We have already made preparations for that, and we will take what we did forward. Later today or tomorrow we will announce our symbol,” he said.

Wickremesinghe’s intention, according to Senasinghe, was to give the new coalition’s general secretary position to UNP general secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam or ex-MP Ravi Karunanayake.

“But we did not agree to that,” he said.

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