UNP’s co-deputy leader Sajith Premadasa today invited deputy leader Karu Jayasuriya to take over the party leadership in order to unify all forces within the party and take it on a path to victory.
Premadasa made this request from Jayasuriya during a meeting this morning that was attended by parliamentarians, provincial councilors and members of associations affiliated to the party who have been pushing for the implementation of reforms in the UNP.
Premadasa said that he had a group of party members had requested Jayasuriya to intervene and prevent further deterioration of the party.
Jayasuriya according to Premadasa had given a positive response to the proposal.
Addressing the media, he said that the meeting with Jayasuriya was the beginning of a process to unify the party.
He said the main aim of the move was to convert the party into a winning force that could help salvage the country from the downward path it is treading under the current administration.
“As an opposition, we have a great task and responsibility to salvage the country from its current plight,” he said.
“The opposition needs to be organized and mobilized with a vision accepted by the people,” he added.
He observed that the results of the last local government elections indicated that the opposition had not done its duty by the people.
Premadasa noted that efforts to introduce party reforms and the passing of a new party constitution although aimed at unifying the party have resulted in the pro-reformists being politically victimized.