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Akila exhorts UNPers to work for Sajith’s victory

Since the future of the UNP and its membership depended on the victory of the UNP and United National Front candidate Minister Sajith Premadasa at the forthcoming Presidential Election, they should dedicate all efforts to conduct a campaign to ensure his victory, UNP General Secretary, Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said.

Minister Kariyawasam made this appeal to UNP electoral organisers and district managers at a meeting at Sirikotha, the UNP headquarters, on Monday.

The UNP General Secretary said the battle to ensure state leadership of the UNP had been launched once again. Everyone was aware that the UNP could not secure the post of President for a long period. As a result, they encountered various problems in attending to the needs of their party supporters.

He said during the recent meeting of the UNP Working Committee, party leader Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe took a prudent decision. The party had once again been united due to the leadership given by him to arrive at a unanimous decision. No force on Earth would be able to divide the UNP again.

All parties had flocked round the UNP today. Rauf Hakeem and other Muslim leaders as well as various other leaders had joined hands with them. In his capacity as the party General Secretary, he could declare that the UNP and the United National Front would face the forthcoming Presidential Election from a position of strength, Kariyawasam said.

They had to act according to a well-organised programme during the very short period available. Even a period of 45 days was not available to conduct the Presidential Election campaign, he said.

However, the short period available would not be a problem for them because they emerged victorious at the last Presidential Election too by conducting a campaign within a very short and limited period, the UNP General Secretary said.

Kariyawasam who said that the UNP and UNF election campaign was going ahead at an accelerated pace added that various groups, political parties, Parliamentarians and Ministers were rapidly flocking round their Presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa.

“It is all of you who have to take the leadership in this victorious campaign. As such, we are all obliged to set aside all differences and unconditionallytake a united stand for the sake of Sajith Preamdasa’s victory,” he said.

The UNP General Secretary said the programme to ensure a UNP government for the next 10 to 15 years completely depended on Sajith Premadasa’s victory. “We should make all sacrifices to ensure our victory. In my capacity as UNP General Secretary, I wish to assure you that all of us are prepared to dedicate ourselves with heart and soul to ensure a historic victory. He said the experience and maturity of UNP Leader Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe would be a blessing to their Presidential Election campaign,” he said.

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