Aug 20, 2019

Letter supporting Sajith missing : Ranil throws party on day of Matara rally Featured

A spokesman for the Prime Minister's Office told Sri Lanka Mirror that the United National Party (UNP) parliamentarians have not submitted a letter requesting to summon Working Committee and the Parliamentary Group in accordance with the party constitution to nominate the UNP candidate for the next Presidential Election.

Media had reported that a letter with signatures of more than two third of MPs was handed over to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday morning (19 August).

The spokesman further stated that a letter has been handed over to the Prime Minister yesterday and the letter states that the Working Committee and Parliamentary Group should be summoned immediately within 6 days or 15th of this month.

It is said that the letter was written on the 9 August.

Chandima says letter was not submitted

Meanwhile, speaking at a press conference held at Temple Trees today , UNP parliamentarian Chandima Gamage stated that no letter had been handed over at the UNP parliamentary group meeting held yesterday.

He stated that he had been present from the beginning (3.30 pm) to the end of the meeting.

Matara rally disrupted

It is reported that the Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera has organized a rally in Matara for UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa and on the same day Prime Minister has organized a party for the UNP parliamentary group.

Factions supporting Mangala and Sajith accuses the Prime Minister of organizing this party with the intention of disrupting the rally organized by Mangala and Sajith. A spokesman for the Prime Minister said that the party was organized by the Prime Minister once in every three months for government MPs and the date for the party had been fixed a month before.

However, Sajith's faction says that this has been organized by the Prime Minister's Office to minimize the participation of party MPs at the rally.

Sajith's faction states that the guests have been requested to bring along their family members to the party organized at Temple Trees to mark the 4 year anniversary of the government.