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UNP needs a complete overhaul - Karu

Former Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday said he expressed his readiness to take over the party reins after the incumbent UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe announced his intention to step down from the position. Jayasuriya told the Mahanayake of the Malwatte Chapter Most Ven Thibbotuwawe Sri Sumangala Thera that he has no intention to accept the party leadership by challenging the party leadership.

Jayasuriya said that the UNP does not belong to one person and the Working Committee of the party should understand this reality.

He said that has been striving for the well being of the party since 1996 and will never take up the party leadership by force or other means. “I expressed my willingness to accept the party leadership after considering the requests by the Maha Sangha, professionals and senior party members.

He added that the party needs a complete overhaul and the party needs to be rebuilt while upholding its unity, discipline.

Jayasuriya recollected how he strove to bring the two factions led by Ranil Wickemesinghe and Sajith Premadasa together for the well being of the party and the country. The former Speaker said both factions wanted him to be on their National Lists at the election but he turned down the requests.

“I have no intention to be a Parliamentarian again but my main objective is to rebuild the party founded by former Prime Minister D.S.Senanayake.


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