United National Party Hambantota District parliamentarian Sajith Premadasa yesterday thanked all those who voted for the UNP at Thursday’s local council elections and said people believed that the party had to be revived if it was to be successful at future elections.
Mr. Premadasa said in a statement he was ready to take up the difficult challenge of remolding the UNP.
“Only the UNP could develop this country economically and socially,” he said.
Mr. Premadasa said he went campaigning from
village to village amid allegations that he was not putting his weight behind the party and thus ensuring the party’s defeat at the elections.
“I went from village to village and spoke to the rural people and listened to their grievances,” he said.
Mr. Premadasa said his suggestion to set up a fund for the local council election campaign was condemned and ridiculed by some members.
“Even my suggestion to launch a massive election campaign was sidelined,” he said adding that he devoted a lot of time on developing the party as a whole more than even his constituency.