The delay of Mr Sajith Premadasa assuming duties as Leader of Opposition has become a serious issue for the Sajith Faction, sources disclosed.
Members backing Premadasa had worked so hard to secure him the post of Leader of Opposition, however, his hesitation to assume duties has now become a problem.
Given that his hesitation would be a grave injustice to those who backed him, an internal discussion within the UNP that Mr. Sajith Premadasa should immediately assume his duties as Leader of Opposition is on the run, sources further disclosed.
Although the Office of Leader of Opposition has been prepared for his tenure, Premadasa still tends to hesitate of accepting the post in the wake of trauma followed by the presidential defeat, according to sources.
This was due to overconfidence Premadasa had upon the presidential election and defeat followed proving otherwise. On the other hand, his hesitation to accept the post of Leader of Opposition further fueled by the fact that he would not be given the Party Leadership, internal sources claimed.
Nevertheless, debates have emerged that the former presidential contender should begin his campaign as Leader of Opposition for the upcoming General Election to set the UNP back in track for victory.