Ranil best for National List slot now - Arjuna | Daily News


Ranil best for National List slot now - Arjuna

United National Party (UNP) Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe is the best option to fill the National List vacancy with the government ready to present the Twentieth Amendment to the Constitution, former Minister Arjuna Ranatunga said.

He said Wickremesinghe had a broad understanding on Constitution-related affairs.Therefore, Wickremesinghe’s presence in Parliament is vital to fight against such an Amendment.

Ranatunga stated this to the media while leaving the ‘Sirikotha’, the party headquarters after participating in a simple ceremony held to mark the UNP’s 74th anniversary yesterday.

However, the former Minister said the UNP leader is yet to express his agreement to accept the national list seat. “We also opposed him accepting the National List seat earlier. But, now with the Twentieth Amendment we stress that he is the best person to represent Parliament and fight against the harmful amendments”, he added.

Ranatunga also said the United National Party is a political movement that cannot be left behind. Now the Party is planning to rectify the previous mistakes and restart a new journey with grassroot level supporters.

When asked if he was willing to lead the UNP after the general election defeat, Ranatunge said he is not doing any cheap propaganda inside or outside the party to grab the leadership, but is ready to accept the position if the party decides. The age of the new leader to be appointed makes no issue with the future journey of the party, he said.

Speaking on the re-joining with the break-away faction of the UNP, Samagi Jana Balawegaya, Ranatunge said the present government should be given some time to perform and all the anti-government forces will have to get-together against any wrong committed by the government then.

“Today the media are shouting at us. They have forgotten the freedom given to them by our previous government. No doubt, you guys will come back to us seeking support after about five six months when you lose that freedom under this regime,” he said.

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