UNP frontliners and senior members today convened to express the support of an undivided UNP for the candidacy of SLFP stalwart Maithripala Sirisena, indicating the creation of a successful coalition movement to back the common opposition movement.
Opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and UNP frontliners Sajith Premadasa, Tissa Attanayake, Karu Jayasuriya held a media briefing at the Sirikotha today to which defected MP Rajith Senaratne as well as the common candidate and former Minister Maithripala Sirisena too attended.
During the conference held this morning, Maithripala Sirisena said that their aim is to create a national government following the Presidential polls, if he is elected into power.
He thanked the UNP for their support while adding the party has made a historic sacrifice in supporting him despite his position in the SLFP as the General Secretary.
“The government is trying to mislead both the UNP-ers and SLFP-ers. We call upon the pblic o rise against this corrupt regime,” he said addressing the media and the public at the gathering today.
He also stated that although they are faced with safety concerns upon leaving the government but stressed on the fact that he has placed his security upon the people.
Meanwhile UNP frontliners Sajith Premadasa and party General Secretary Tissa Attanayake who also spoke to the media said that they support the decision made by the UNP.
“Our leader and working committee decided that the party should make a sacrifice. The UNP has spent enough time as the Opposition party. . . We believe this coalition will benefit the UNP-ers greatly,” UNP MP Sajith Premadasa said.
Meanwhile, Opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe commended Maithripala for agreeing to be the common candidate and said he has made a brave decision.
“Usually our opponents are the SLFP-ers but this time it is the Rajapaksa regime. . .Let us first unite with all other parties and ensure the common candidate emerges victorious,” he said while adding that it is time to create a new political culture which future generations would praise.