UNP working committee still on the fence about the new alliance?

UNP working committee still on the fence about the new alliance?

UNP working committee still on the fence about the new alliance?

Written by Staff Writer

02 Mar, 2020 | 7:54 pm

Colombo (News 1st) – The working committee of the United National Party convened on Sunday (March 1) at
7.25 PM at Sirikotha under party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe.

The meeting lasted 3 hours. After the meeting, Ranil Wickremesinghe remained at the party Head Quarters along with a few other MPs. These are the MPs that remained along with the Leader of the party.

*) Akila Viraj Kariwasam who has been linked to a number of questionable projects including procuring tabs and student insurance during his tenure as Minister of Education. The Volkswagen factory was one of his dream projects.

*) MP Wajira Abeywardana was heavily accused as an individual who tried to defend the Avant guard deal during the time period it was investigated.

*) Navin Dissanayake who along with seniors of the party including 17 others worked to strengthen Mahinda Rajapaksa’s rule and now have returned to the UNP

*) Lakshman Kiriella who was once a SLFPer and has been accused of inefficiencies during the construction of the 3rd phase of the central expressway.

*) MP Sagala Rathnayaka

*) 80 Year old MP John Amaratunge, who is eying a national list seat

*) Along with MPs Ravi Karunanayeka and Daya Gamage.

Addressing a media briefing on Sunday night (March 1), Ranil Wickremesinghe noted that there are several legal matters relating to the constitution of the new alliance. He noted that they are having issues regarding the symbol as election officials had advised them that if they relinquish the symbol of the elephant, some other party could take it.

Wickremesinghe noted that they intend to amend the UNP constitution and have it included in the constitution of the new alliance.  He added that the UNP can contest under the new alliance when the constitutional changes have been accepted by the National Elections Commission.

When questioned as to what would happen if the alliance is not made in time, the former PM dodged the issue by stating that it was their intention to form a new alliance.

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