World Cup winning captain and former minister Arjuna Ranatunga yesterday quit the UNP over its failure to get its act together
Ranatunga has communicated his decision to leave the UNP to the Leader, Secretary, Deputy Leader, and the Assistant Leader of the UNP.
Ranatunga said, in a letter to the UNP leadership, that he decided to join the United National Front ahead of the 2015 presidential election to make a change for the common good.
He has said as the first step towards that objective he contested the 2015 general election and secured the highest number of votes from the Gampaha District.
Ranatunga said that when many left the party in 2020, he remained with the UNP in order to protect it.
He said in 2020 the UNP suffered a massive loss, “and what is required is to prepare a programme to overcome the present and future challenges”.
“However, as there seems to be no such preparation there appears to be no purpose in remaining with the party”, Ranatunga said.