What are they doing with the seat? This is a big joke - John Amaratunga

What are they doing with the seat? This is a big joke - John Amaratunga

19 January 2021 12:23 pm

Former Minister John Amaratunga has stated that not appointing a UNP National List Member for the national list seat won during the last Parliamentary elections is a serious issue.

Speaking to Lanka News Web, John Amaratunga said that the issue would be resolved if a person who had lost the election could not be elected to Parliament as per the list prepared for the nomination.

Amaratunga said that he was at the forefront of the list and that he had informed the party that he would have the post if appointed according to the list.

He said he would not argue beyond that as he had made the announcement, however, adding that the post should be filled as soon as possible.

Although Amaratunga did not express a clear view on the proposal made by the UNP to nominate the leader of the party Ranil Wickremesinghe for this post, Wickremasinghe has said that he was rejecting it.

However, he said that the post should be nominated for the first six months or so and that anyone could be nominated after those six months.

Meanwhile, commenting on reports that former UNP Deputy Leader Ravi Karunaratne, National Organizer Navin Dissanayake, and former Minister Arjuna Ranatunga are preparing to leave the party, John Amaratunga said that the reason for this was that the party did not inquire them before appointing the members to the posts which were recently changed.