Minister of Tourism Harin Fernando has made one of the clearest indications that he will re-join the United National Party and sever ties with Samagi Jana Balawegaya.
Speaking during the 76th Convention of the United National Party in Colombo, Minister Fernando said he has returned to support President Ranil Wickremesinghe who, as a single individual, has taken up the responsibility of rebuilding the country.
Minister Harin Fernando said he feels like he has returned to his ancestral home, and does not feel any different to how he felt before he left to form the SJB in 2020.
Responding to a statement made by a SJB Member that he should not be allowed to re-join the SJB, Minister Harin Fernando said he has no intention of joining the SJB again.
The Minister said he defected from the SJB to support the President, since the party was unwilling to come forward and address the issues faced by the country.
Minister Fernando said the President did not approach individuals but invited all parties to rally together to provide answers to the problems of the people.
He said the people are enduring unimaginable hardships during the past few months, and this is not a time to play politics.
Minister Harin Fernando said he will provide unconditional support to President Ranil Wickremesinghe to address the country’s issues.
He said UNP Leader President Ranil Wickremesinghe became the President with the support of 134 Members of Parliament although his party had no other representation.
Minister Fernando noted that now more people from the opposition are willing to extend their support to the President.
He said therefore all factions must rally together for the betterment of Sri Lanka.