Western Provincial Council member of the United People's Freedom Alliance Hirunika Premachandra announced her decision to join the common opposition to extending her support to Maithripala Sirisena.
She is presently addressing a press conference at the Opposition Leader’s Office in Colombo. Premachandra was accompanied by former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and UNP Parliamentarian Mangala Samaraweera. Premachandra said that she took this decision for two reasons, one political and one private.
She said that she wanted to fight for justice for her murdered father from within the UPFA as she was just one small figure who could not fight from outside. However, she stated that she took this decision since there was one disciplined leader who could change the state of the affairs indicating her support for Maithripala Sirisena. Immediately after the defection of Sirisena and several other SLFP leaders, Premachandra publicly praised both him and Rajitha Senaratne, creating speculation that her cross over was imminent.