The Sajith Faction of the United National Party (UNP) has decided to move away from their militant strategy adopted to secure the presidential candidate and switch to a safer system, sources said.
The element was well demonstrated at the meeting held today (17) in the residence of Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera .
The Sajith Faction had followed rather a 'militant' attitude over gaining the presidential candidacy from the UNP by intimidating the party leadership implying that the public stands by his side.
The Sajith Faction in fact had acted in a manner as if they have already gained power within the party. Front men of the Sajith Faction, Ajith P. Perera, Sujeewa Senasinghe, publicly mocked, insulted and challenged the party leadership, declaring that 95% of the party is with them and four to five with the party leadership.
They did not even hesitate to distort the events of the party's working committee and tell the media that they would make Sajith Premadasa the candidate by a given date.
They had even made plans to siege the Temple Trees and keep Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe under house arrest.
However, each attempt had fired back at themselves, failing to gain the attention from either party tended to.
This was the point the Sajith Faction had decided to alter their approach upon gaining presidential candidacy.
Presidential hopeful Sajith Premadasa, who had earlier titled himself as the presidential candidate of the UNP against all odds in public record, today said that the crisis of presidential candidacy should be solved immediately, at least by casting a vote, for he has no greed over the title and is ready to go home if that is the public's wish.
We from the beginning pointed out that Sajith's final destination over vulnerability would be President Maithripala Sirisena's doorsteps. Nonetheless, we never thought that Sajith would be this desperate even to alter strategy.
Sajith's fight over winning the presidential nomination is not being steered by his own hands at the moment, according to reports reaching us. He even has lost control of it and was forced to dance to someone else's tune.
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