The Leader of the UNP Ranil Wickremesinghe said that the party should create a government for 20-30 years. He expressed his views yesterday (6) while addressing a May day rally at Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium. He said that ‘I made my 70th-anniversary promise.
We need a UNP government for 20- 30 years. We need to go forward as a party to get power. We reorganised the party and more to do. We need to expand the party from the bottom. We need to rebuild the little Sirikotha in villages. The party has a future, and we can run for another 20-30 years. We will work to win the next election’.
However, it should not be forgotten that the country was crushed to great destruction for 17 years since the establishment of the party in 1977. Even though Ranil is dreaming to govern the country for 20 years, UNP was a defeated party for 20 years under his leadership.
Among the experiences which the UNP had given, people cannot forget JR Jayawardana, R Premadasa and Mahinda Rajapaksha’s monopoly, the governments which created counterfeit tax brokers and hundreds of thousands of assassinations and brutal suppressions for the uprising of 1987-1990.