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* Karu Jayasuriya agrees with decision to appoint Sajith Premadasa as deputy leader of Sri Lanka main opposition party
Sun, Aug 17, 2014, 08:01 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 17, Colombo: Karu Jayasuriya, the Chairman of the Leadership Council of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP), has said that he also "completely agrees" with appointing Sajith as the deputy leader of the party and providing Premadasa with a "rightful place" in the party in order to rejoin him with active politics of the party.

Speaking to 'Sri Lanka Mirror' regarding the reports which have reportedly claimed that Premadasa has requested the deputy leaderís position if he was to campaign for Uva Provincial Council elections, the Leadership Council Chairman has said that Premadasa has not so far made such a request.

Jayasuriya said that he had on number of occasions has requested Premadasa to join the Leadership Council activities.

Premadasa and Ratnapura district UNP MP Thalatha Atukorale rejected the membership in the Leadership Council when the Council was formed in last November. The party replaced Atukorale's position in the Council with MP Wijedasa Rajapakshe while Premadasa's position still remains open.

Sources close to the party said that the UNP Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe will make a proposal to the party' Working Committee to appoint Premadasa as deputy leader in a bid to unite the party as a formidable force against the Rajapaksa government before the Uva Provincial Council elections.

Jayasuriya told the 'Sri Lanka Mirror' that the party is taking measures to recollect the people who left the party, expelled from the party, are staying away from the party and facing disciplinary inquiries.

He said the progress of the party nationally is more important than the personal objectives and he is therefore willing to make any sacrifice to unite the party.

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