Former Northern Chief Minister, C.V. Wigneswaran, yesterday, said he was happy about the UNP’s decision to field Minister Sajith Premadasa as its presidential candidate.
Wigneswaran said, in a media statement: “Sajith is young. He received his early education at Royal College, Colombo and then, continued his education at the London School of Economics.
I believe this would have given him a ‘live-and-let-live’ attitude.”
Wigneswaran added that Premadasa had launched several successful programmes such as Saviya and Sasunata Aruna. The fact that Sajith’s father had been targeted by Tamil militants enhanced his credibility, the former Northern Chief Minister said.
“However it is not known whether Sajith has realised the difference between the Buddhist teachings and the institutionalised Buddhism. I have repeatedly stated that giving priority to institutionalised Buddhism is wrong. Institutionalised Buddhism is different from the teachings of the Buddha.”