Two more Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) MPs yesterday called for the appointment of former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to Parliament though the solitary national list slot which the UNP had received at this year’s general election.
The latest SJB MPs to make this request were Mujibur Rahaman and J. C. Alawathuwala who called for it at a press conference yesterday. meanwhile, SJB MP Nalin Bandara Jayamaha made similar request on Monday August 17, 2020.
“Mr. Wickremesinghe is a senior politician and has loads of experience in parliamentary affairs as he had been a senior parliamentarian for a long period. Therefore I believe that he is the most suitable person to come to Parliament though the national list,” Mr. Rahaman said.
“I also personally believe that Mr. Wickremesinghe should be the ideal person to come to Parliament through the national list. It is also sad to note that the House would meet today without a UNP MP,” Alawathuwala said.
MP Rahaman said the only alternative left for the UNP is to join SJB. We also call for the re-organisation of the UNP as well. “We have informed Mr. Wickremesinghe about the need to re-organise the party and to allow new leaders to take over, but those who were around him would not let him to do it. Mr. Wickremesinghe destroyed himself and the UNP at the end of the day by ignoring our request,” he said.
“There is no issue in UNP joining SJB, as we are also UNPers. In fact we are the real UNPers who are even endorsed by the people,” he added.