Written by Staff Writer
28 Oct, 2018 | 12:30 am
Colombo (News1st): Former General Secretary of the UNP Tissa Attanayake met the newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa today (October 27).
Following the meeting, Attanayake speaking to the media stated that he came to congratulate the newly appointed Prime Minister because it is their duty to do so.
He added that because the situation in the country was bleak in the past few years the people were under a lot of pressure, therefore, an opportunity has been given to prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to steer the country out of this situation.
Journalists then raised questions regarding the United National Party which seems to be slowly fading away. Tissa Attanayake stated that it is very sad to see that the party has not been able to take the position of state leader for 24 years.
He added that this has been happening since 1994 and therefore has created a lot of pressure in the party. Ranil Wickremesinghe has been incapable of establishing the victories that they obtained by at least latching on to someone, said the former UNP General Secretary.
Attanayake went onto note that the future of the UNPers is in quite a bad state, therefore, they are not the people who should be deciding on what should be done now, the UNP themselves must decide.
When questioned if he will join the party if an invitation is received, he said: “NO, there was a time it would have been possible but not anymore”.
He went onto note that as the former General Secretary to the party it is sad to see the UNP in such a low level because it is unthinkable as Mahamanaya D.S. Senanayake built the party with a lot of pride.
By 1994 this party had controlled the country for a majority of the years, said Tissa Attanayake, but all the glory and honor that was accorded to the country is now over.
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