Vajira too throws hat into the ring | Daily News


Vajira too throws hat into the ring

Former UNP Minister Vajira Abeywardena yesterday expressed his intention to take up the party reins citing 38 years’ experience in politics.

He said that he is the most senior UNP working Committee member after former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and he received a number of requests from the Maha Sangha and the members of academia to accept the UNP leadership.

Abeywardena said that he is capable of reviving the party if he is offered the party leadership.

He said that he has worked under former Presidents J.R. Jayewardene, Ranasinghe Premadasa and party stalwarts Gamini Dissanayake and Ranil Wickremesinghe.

“I have vast experience in working with them and these experiences will help me revive the party,” he said. Abeywardena was addressing the media after calling on the Most Ven. Mahanayakes of Malwatte and Asgiriya Chapters in Kandy yesterday.

He was of the view that the UNP’s National List slot should go to former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who is an internationally respected leader.

However, Abeywardena said that there is no infighting over the leadership. “When a position in the party falls vacant, all qualified members can vie for it,” he said.


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