It is reliably learnt that UNP MP Sajith Premadasa is planning on contesting for the party leadership at the last minute after announcing that he was only contesting for the deputy leadership of the UNP.
He had decided not to announce his decision to contest for the party leadership following advice received from his theoretician.
Sajith has already launched a special campaign aimed at taking over the party leadership and parliamentarians Rosy Senanayake, Sujeewa Senasinghe, Ranjith Madduma Bandara, Dilip Wedarachchi, Thalatha Atukorale, John
Amaratunge, Kabir Hashim and Earl Gunaseker are supporting him in this endeavor.
Although parliamentarian Dayasiri Jayasekera has expressed solidarity with Sajith, he has launched a separate campaign with UNP provincial councilors with the intention of becoming a future leader of the party.
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