Former United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian and Navin Dissanayake says that a common candidate should definitely contest the next presidential election on behalf of the opposition.
Speaking at a special media briefing held at the Gamini Dissanayake Foundation’s head office in Kollupitiya, Colombo today (28), along with the former Minister Arjuna Ranatunga to explain their decision not to accept UNP posts, Mr. Dissanayake, said the United National Party should unite with all opposition parties and civil society organizations to field a common candidate for the next presidential election.
The former UNP National Organizer further said that the reorganization of the UNP should have taken place from the top of the party leadership to the bottom, but he regrets that it is not happening and he would resign from his post as the National Organizer of the UNP.
Mr. Dissanayake the main reason to reign from the National Organizer post was that the party did not make reforms at the expected level. Although new proposals were presented to the leadership to reform the party, they were not positively considered.
Ranatunga yesterday said that he has in writing informed the (UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe that he will not accept the post of Senior Vice President given to him by the UNP Working Committee as it appeared that the party, even after the colossal defeat at the general election, had failed to formulate a suitable program for the future progress of the country.