Speaker Karu Jayasuriya says he is ready to contest the Presidential Election if UNP Leader Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe agrees and present it to him as a challenge.
The Speaker made these sentiments in giving a special statement to 'LNW' following the Ranil - Karu - Sajith talks held today (22).
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe separately conducted meetings with Jayasuriya and Premadasa at the Speaker's official residence and agreed to nominate a candidate in keeping with the decisions made by the Working Committee without divisions, sources said.
Another decisive discussion will be held between the Prime Minister and Premadasa regarding the concerns, sources further said.
Nonetheless, Speaker Jayasuriya at a query we raised said he does not wish to divide the party over his arrival into the Polls, as he earlier in statements twice.
Jayasuriya further said if the party hands him the challenge of winning the Presidential Race under the consent of the Prime Minister without causing any division, he will accept it and do it on behalf of the party without any hesitation.
"Sajith is a courageous young man. He has a clear future in the party. It is a fact. We need no divisions amongst ourselves. If the Prime Minister insists without causing any division, I am ready for battle," the Speaker said.