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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2966

UNP to remain a responsible opposition, even after a pact with Sri Lanka's ruling party

By Vandana Jayasinghe in Colombo

Colombo, 28 October, ( The United National Party (UNP), which pledged to support the government by signing the landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to solve the national issues, said yesterday that the party while remaining in the opposition would strongly oppose any injustice or unfair act by the government.

Despite the agreement between the two parties, the UNP would stick to its responsibilities as the main opposition and would raise its voice against the government when there was a need, said Galle UNP Parliamentarian Gayantha Karunatilake at a media conference held at the Opposition Leaders Office in Colombo.

He assured the UNP's support to the Budget but warned that the party would not allow the government to 'escape' from its responsibility of bringing down the sky- rocketing cost of living. Karunatilake stressed that though the UNP signed the MoU with the government, the party still could criticise the government.

Karunatilake also said that the Jantha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) did not think that the UNP and SLFP would sign the MoU. "The JVP, which is angry over this agreement, now claims that the two parties have to get the responsibility if any adverse situation arise in the country in future," he said.

Challenging the JVP to disclose whether they were still with the government or not he refused the allegations levelled against the UNP by the JVP.

Meanwhile, Colombo District MP Ravi Karunanayake reiterated that the UNP entered the agreement with the SLFP not to get perks but to help the government to solve the problems of national interest.

He said that the two parties agreed to join the Mahinda Chinthanaya and the UNP National Policy to work for a common goal – a better future for the country.

- Asian Tribune -

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