State Minister Ajith P. Perera, fueling the internal crisis of the United National Party (UNP) which was once alleviated, has said that once UNP's presidential nominee Sajith Premadasa assumes office, Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe will be replaced with someone in their Faction, sources said.
Accordingly, his sentiments have once again have exasperated the internal crisis.
Comments about the removal of Ranil Wickremesinghe by Ajith P. Perera, a prominent advocate for the Sajith Faction and a person who has slandered the party leadership on several occasions, has been widely publicized by his close associates, and he has also begun to speak publicly.
Upon hearing the story, Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe has confirmed his recent claims through his intelligence services, realizing that the propaganda, as well as other activities, is being organized by the Sajith Faction. The premier also came to understanding that not only Perera but several other MPs are also involved in the plot, sources further said.
Disillusioned, Wickremesinghe has allowed the Sajith Faction to fill their cups by withdrawing himself from forming a resistance over the plot and involving in the election propaganda for the upcoming presidential polls, according to sources.
It is said that Wickremesinghe was furious of the fact a propaganda launched amidst a decisive presidential election against him is being led by some third graded member like Ajith P. Perera.
Meanwhile, press briefings winning Sajith Premadasa have been scheduled to be held in Vauxhall Street Elections Office, Temple Trees and the Sirikotha party headquarters on 13th. However, the plot has been confirmed to some extent by the fact that press briefings at Temple Trees and Sirikotha headquarters have been canceled.
Accordingly, the UNP leadership crisis which was temporarily alleviated after Sajith was given the presidential nomination, appears to have come to the fore again in a very short period of time.