UNP will win fewer votes than JVP: SJB

ECONOMYNEXT – The United National Party (UNP) will win fewer votes than the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) at the forthcoming parliamentary election, former MP Ajith P Perera said.

Claiming that 99 percent of UNP supporters are now with the Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB) – the breakaway faction of the UNP that supported former opposition leader Sajith Premadasa’s presidential bid last year, Perera said SJB supporters will carry the new party bak to Sirikotha.

Real UNPers who adhere to party principles established by former leaders D S Senanayake, Dudley Senanayake, J R Jayawardena, and Ranasinghe Premadasa are with the SJB, Perera told reporters this morning.

“Real UNPers are not involved in any kind of theft and have dedicated themselves to serving the country. They value Sinhala Buddhism while respecting and treating other religions and communities equally,” he added.

Perera’s remarks come in the wake of comments made by ex UNP MP Ravi Karunanayake yesterday that with the exodus of the pro-Sajith Premadasa faction, the party is now rid of anti-Buddhist elements.

Challenging UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and Secretary-General Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, Perera said SJB supporters will ensure they’re taken back to UNP headquarters Sirikotha once the Wickremesinghe-Kariywasam group is defeated at the upcoming general election.

“Sirikotha is not their private property. It was built by our founders and it belongs to the party membership,” he said.

“The inheritance of the real UNPers is with the SJB and with our leader Sajith Premadasa,” he added. (Colombo/May26/2020)

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