Indicating signs of UNP’s own power struggle before upcoming Presidential polls, Minister Ravi Karunanayake has thrown shade at Minister Sajith Premadasa saying UNP will not be fielding someone who is able to talk only about grassroots issues.
Karunanayake had thrown hints at Sajith’s Presidential dreams yesterday, speaking at an event where he said the UNP will not field a candidate who talks only about ‘paalam saha bokku’.
“It has to be someone with an understanding about global issues and can maneuver oneself in the international arena,” he has told the crowd at the event in Weerakatiya.
He has assured there are several UNPers who fit that bill and that the right candidate will be announced upon discussion with party.
“Those who are presently trying to push their way in will never be given the chance,” he has told further.
Ravi K had also spoken his mind about former President Chandrika Kumaratunga saying the UNP does not maintain any links with the ex-President.
“She created issues within our party, she also manufactured issues in the SLFP…She has no importance in our party,” he said while dismissing any possibility of her backing the UNP at the upcoming polls adding, “There is no way CBK can manage to help the UNP given she can’t even win her own seat.”
This is not the first time Ravi K has taken a condescending tone about Sajith. In a recent speech Ravi K criticized Sajith’s wife of aspiring to be the first lady, when they haven’t even been able to produce a child.
Jalani Premadasa came under heavy criticism a few days ago, when she addressed herself as the ‘future first lady’ at an event where she represented Sajith.