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Section of NJS forms alliance with SJB

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Opposition and SJB Leader Sajith Premadasa, Prof. G. L. Peiris, Dilan Perea and others at yesterday’s event

A section of the Nidahasa Janatha Sabawa (NJS) signed an MOU, last morning (05), with the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) to form an alliance.

Six SLPP MPs represenitng the NJS, Professor G. L. Peiris, Dilan Perera, K.P. Kumarasiri, Upul Galappatty, Wasantha Yapa Bandara and Dr. Nalaka Godahewa, signed the MoU at the BMICH.

“People are yearning for someone who can dig the country out of the hole it is in. The majority of Sri Lankans believe that it is the SJB that can guide Sri Lanka out of this crisis. Prof. G.L Peiris and others have joined us and this is a great boost to our efforts,” SJB national organiser Ranjith Maddumabandara said addressing the meeting that followed.

Prof. Peiris said the government had been rejected by the people. Those at the helm were not sensitive to the grievances of the people.

“Sajith Premadasa has redefined the role of the Opposition Leader. Traditionally, the Opposition usually only criticises the government. Premadasa has changed this. He has distributed so many goods to schools and the poor. He has done this without any power. He has policies and a vision,” Prof. Peiris said.

Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa said the SJB would eradicate corruption. In the coming months, more political parties and politicians would join the SJB, he added.

“They are not joining us for material gain or for positions,” he said.

Meanwhile, MP Dilan Perera said that they wanted to come into an agreement with Premadasa about 20 months ago, when he supported Dullas Alahapperuma’s candidacy to be elected President through the vote of the MPs.

“More people will join us. Even Dullas Alahapperuma might join us. This is only the beginning.”

Perera said that the Ranil-Rajapaksa government is afraid of the SJB forming alliances with other groups. Many attempts had been made to undermine the NJS joining hands with the SJB, he added.


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