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Ready for any position: Sajith

United National Party (UNP) Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa yesterday said that he stands ready to accept any responsibility or position given to him by the party.

Rejecting the constitutional crisis crippling the nation for three weeks, MP Premadasa held that a series of wrong moves led to this unfortunate chaos. “I think several consecutive irregular steps and actions have resulted in this constitutional crisis, which I consider to be a grave crisis. This has created political deadlock or governmental gridlock in our country,” he said.

“It is my opinion that all sane-minded political leaders of our country will strive to ensure that the Constitution is protected, and procedures and declarations stated in the Constitution are followed in resolving this extreme crisis,” added MP Premadasa. With his name proposed by party members and some political colleagues to be the successor to UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, MP Premadasa said unless the UNP decides the appointment, he will not take shortcuts to reach the top.

“I have always said I am ready to take any task or responsibility that I am bestowed with, but these tasks and responsibilities have to be allocated to me in the proper manner following credible political guidelines and democracy. Just because people ask me to take positions, I will not do so,” he added.

(FT)

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