A rift in the United National Party (UNP) continues with UNP members supporting UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa denying claims that a decision has been taken to back party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Prime Ministerial candidate at the Parliamentary election.
UNP General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam had said earlier that the UNP is to contest the Parliamentary election under the leadership of Ranil Wickremesinghe.
However UNP MP Ranjith Madduma Bandara, speaking to reporters today, insisted that no such decision had been taken.
He said that the general consensus was that Premadasa be made party leader and Prime Ministerial candidate.
Premadasa was recently nominated by the UNP as the new Leader of the Opposition in Parliament.
After weeks of debate in the UNP Premadasa was nominated as the UNP’s Presidential candidate ahead of the recent Presidential election.
However, Premadasa lost the election to former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa. (Colombo Gazette)