UNP Working Committee did not approve formation of Telephone, reiterates Navin (VIDEO)
2 June 2020 07:34 pm
Despite everyone's effort to contest the General Election together as the United National Party (UNP), a decision had been made to separately tender nominations a week before March 19, former parliamentarian Navin Dissanayake said, revealing however that the UNP Working Committee had never approved the formation of another political movement as 'Samagi Jana Balawegaya' under the Telephone Symbol.
He made this observation speaking at the press briefing held in the Sirikotha Party HQ today (02).
Meanwhile, a political decision had been taken to form an alliance with having Mr. Sajith Premadasa as its leader, or the opposition leader, but nowhere did it approve to contest under a separate political symbol, Dissanayake added.
"I remember as if it was today, that Mr. Kabir Hashim standing in the Working Committee Meeting had asked whether we like the Telephone repeatedly. But not many people in the Working Committee had favoured the idea. Many had wanted to contest as the Aliya (Elephant Symbol)."
Despite many disagreements occurred within the United National Party in history, no one was able to destroy it, Dissanayake pointed out.
Not even his father, late Gamini Dissanayake, and Lalith Athulathmudali, two of the key figures in the Party, were able to destroy the UNP upon their departure in forming a separate political movement, Mr. Dissanayake said, reminding that they too had to accept back the party membership in the end, and suggesting that the signature identity of the United National Party can never be pulled down regardless of departures.