Navin and Arjuna to form broad opposition alliance

By Indika Sri Aravinda

Former United National Party (UNP) Parliamentarians Navin Dissanayake and Arjuna Ranatunga have decided to lead efforts to form a broad opposition alliance.

Addressing reporters today (28), Dissanayake and Ranatunga expressed disappointment at the direction taken by the UNP.

They insisted that there needs to be a proper leadership change in the party.

Dissanayake said that there needs to be a new UNP Leader.

However, he said that he will continue to remain in the UNP and push for change.

The two Parliamentarians said that they will look to form a broad opposition alliance with the support of members of other Opposition political parties.

“We need a common Opposition; not one that just talks but an opposition that really works. We hope to work towards forming a new government in the future,” Ranatunga said.

Dissanayake and Ranatunga said that they will target picking a common Opposition candidate to face the next presidential election.

“The next presidential candidate must be a common candidate,” Dissanayake said.

Dissanayake had recently informed the UNP of his intention to step down as National Organiser.

However, Dissanayake said he will function as the UNP’s Nuwara Eliya District Leader and Working Committee member.

Meanwhile, former parliamentarian Arjuna Ranatunga had this week refused to accept the post of Senior Vice Chairman of the UNP.

Ranatunga had written to UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe saying that whilst he was informed that he had been appointed Senior Vice Chairman of the UNP, he has decided not to accept the post. (Colombo Gazette)