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New direction of the UNP…...Ranil says he is still UNP leader

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sirikotha-pc-election-westernUnited National Party (UNP) members elected in the recent Local Government election were sworn in at Sirikotha today (August 5) in the presence of Opposition Leader Ranil Wickramasinghe, Co-deputy Leader Karu Jayasuriya and General Secretary Tissa Attanayake. UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said that he was in charge of the entire party including those who were opposed to him.Speaking at a swearing in ceremony held at ‘Siri Kotha’ for 134 UNPers, who were elected at the recent local government elections,

Wickremesinghe said that criticism will not faze him, nor would he run away from his responsibilities.

Pointing out that he was still the UNP leader, Wickremesinghe said that he did not wish to be drawn into a debate with his critics, led by co-Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa, who are demanding that he quit in favour of the other co-Deputy Leader Karu Jayasuriya. Mr.Wickremesinghe, said that he intended working with all, including his critics, because that was the role expected of him. Infighting would only strengthen the corrupt Mahinda Rajapaksa regime and provide the media with more news, he said adding that the need of the hour was unity and discipline.

Mr.Wickremesinghe said that only a united UNP would be able to defeat the government at the next round of local polls to be held in a few months time. Some of those who are holding responsible positions in the UNP had caused irreparable damage to the party by their public utterances and such behaviour should cease forthwith, if the Rajapaksa regime was to be defeated and the rule of law re-established, he said.

The newly elected local councillors pledged not to indulge in any form of corruption and work for the welfare and upliftment of their electorate.