A powerful member of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya ,making a special revelation to "lankanewsweek” said that was a group who were aiming to creep in to the Parliament through the National list urged Sajith Premadasa to break away from the UNP and contest the General election after forming Samagi Jana Balawegaya.
This powerful ember of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya who was a close associate of present opposition leader Sajith Premadasa and now with Colombo District Parliamentarian of that party and the founder of the 43rd Division, Patali Champika Ranawaka and made this statement to “lankanewsweek” requesting not to reveal his identity. The statement is as follows.
Sajith Premadasa lost the Presidential election. Everyone knew that he would lose the General election too. Therefore, many people did not want to break the UNP for a losing General election. The position of many was that if contested as a one group without breaking away, around 80 seats can be won. Their position was if that happened they could remain strong against the government and capture the power of the party through an internal struggle against the leadership of Ranil Wickremesinghe.
However, Ranjith Madduma Bandara, Harin Fernando, Eran Wickramaratne, Imtiaz Bakeer Marker, Tissa Attanayake and Diana Gamage, who were waiting to go to Parliament from the national list, were urging Sajith Premadasa to break away from the UNP and contest the General election under the Samagi Jana Balawegaya and contest the election.
They were well aware that they could not win and get elected to the Parliament by contesting the general election from their territory. They had a large protest in their districts. This group understood that they would not get the opportunity to be listed in the national list under the leadership of Ranil Wickremesinghe from UNP and definitely had to contest.
That is why the UNP was broken up. That was with the intention of going to Parliament from the national list. They thus broke the UNP with the full support, patronage and blessings of Sajith Premadasa's wife Jalani Premadasa and his closest ally Lakshman Fonseka.
One day a special and crucial discussion was held at Sajith Premadasa's residence in Royal Park, Colombo. Sajith Premadasa, Jalani Premadasa, Lakshman Fonseka, Harin Fernando, Eran Wickramaratne and Ranjith Madduma Bandara were among the powerful politicians who participated in the discussion. Harin Fernando, Eran Wickramaratne and Ranjith Madduma Bandara strongly stated that there was no alternative but to break away from the UNP and contest the General elections under the Samagi Jana Balawegaya.
Sajith Premadasa's wife Jalani Premadasa and his lifelong friend Lakshman Fonseka endorsed the decision and strongly advocated it. Jalani Premadasa had a strong desire of making Sajith Premadasa the Leader of a prominent national political party and the Leader of the Opposition.
Sajith Premadasa is currently facing the dittadhamma vedaneeya kamma for destroying the United National Party. It is correct to say that only a few people including Ranjith Madduma Bandara, Sarath Fonseka and Thalatha Athukorala stand for him at present. Actually Sajith Premadasa is alone. Everyone knows that he is screaming in public these days because of that pain.
Harin Fernando and Eran Wickremaratne who split the UNP with Sajith Premadasa are not with him. Kabir Hashim, Tissa Attanayake and Dr. Harsha De Silva are disappointed. Young MPs including Mujibur Rahuman, Thushara Indunil, Chaminda Wijesiri and Hesha Vithanage are extremely frustrated. .
A group of Samagi Jana Balawega MPs are with Ranil Wickremesinghe. The best example is Harin Fernando. Another group is with Patali Champika Ranawaka. All of them have now realized that Sajith Premadasa is not a leader. He embraces everything. No one is given a chance. His political fate is tragic. The Samagi Jana Balawegaya and the Office of the Leader of the Opposition are headed by Jalani Premadasa and Lakshman Fonseka. Everyone knows that"
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