Ranil kicks off polls campaign within UNP

Monday, 15 June 2020 01:28 -     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

  • Opines public have already lost faith in President Gotabaya and political system 
  • Claims longest serving political party UNP will rebuild public faith 
  • Admits necessity to adapt to the needs of people having experienced both victory and defeat

The United National Party (UNP) will rebuild public faith in the political systems at the 5 August General Elections, Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said addressing a meeting of the District Managers yesterday. 

Ranil Wickremesinghe


The former Prime Minister opined that the public has already lost faith in President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, and so they have lost hope in the entire system. He explained that the UNP, the longest-serving political party in the country, has experienced both victory and defeat and it understands the necessity to adapt to the needs of the people.

The UNP Leader claimed that the public were so disappointed with the system that they want “to throw all 225 Members of Parliament into the Diyawanna Oya”. 

Wickremesinghe stated the upcoming General Elections will see the UNP fielding the largest number of new candidates. “The UNP has presented the voters with new faces to choose from,” he emphasised. 

Speaking to party loyalists, Wickremesinghe said that the candidates nominated by the UNP was a healthy mix of professionals, youth and experienced members, all of whom were dedicated to working towards the betterment of the country. 

Referring to the 2019 Presidential Election, he said that both Sajith Premadasa and the JVP candidate suffered heavy defeats at the hands of an individual who was not part of the political system.

Wickremesinghe claimed that UNP is the only political party capable of addressing the range of problems faced by the public. He further added that while understanding the issues faced by the public, the party will put forth their solutions to problems faced by people shortly.