divided we fEll, united may not; Ranil asks Karu to unite UNP
United National Party (UNP) Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe who is in Britain to attend a meeting of the Commonwealth Parliamentarians’ Association broke his silence on the tussle for post of party leader and said he had assigned Deputy Leader Karu Jayasuriya to unite the party as asked for by a majority of the members.
But Mr. Wickremesighe who said this when he met central committee members of the London branch of the UNP had reportedly stopped short of saying whether he would step down as party leader.
He said Mr. Jayasuriya had informed him about meeting some members of the party.
Meanwhile UNP Badulla District MP Harin Fernando told a news conference that Mr. Wickremesinghe would meet Mr. Jayasuriya when he returned to the country on August 4 to discuss measures that should be taken to unite the party and convert it into a winning force and hoped Mr. Jayasuriya would succeed in uniting the party. “I am confident he will bring Mr. Wickremesinghe, Sajith Premadasa and others together,” he said. Mr. Fernando said he was deeply frustrated with the divisions in the party and stressed the need for all sections to join together and confront the government which was the common enemy.
He said different factions within the party should have discussed matters without criticising each other publicly.
Reformists say Ranil’s statement unacceptable
UNP reformists yesterday said the statement made by party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe that he had assigned Deputy Leader to unite the party was unacceptable to them as a step towards resolving the crisis.
UNP Moneragala district MP Ranjith Madduma Bandara who represents the reformist camp told a news conference yesterday that it appeared the party leader was trying to apply delaying tactics.
Mr. Madduma Bandara said Mr. Jayasuriya would be appointed as party leader according to its constitution. “It is we who played a role in changing the party’s constitution last year, and therefore we will uphold it without violating it,” he said.
He said a discussion among top party members was already underway to come up with a specific course of action to make Mr. Jayasuriya the party leader. However Mr. Madduma Bandara stopped short of mentioning whether the reformists would propose Mr. Jayasuriya’s name as the leader at the next working committee meeting. “The party had failed to hold the working committee meeting after May 23,” he said
Mr. Jayasuriya on Thursday responded positively to a request made by the reformists led by Co-Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa to take over the leadership to end the divisions within the party. Referring to allegations made by several members that the reformists had created rifts within the party, Mr. Maduma Bandara said it was the other camp which created divisions by sidelining those who strived for changes in the party.
Courtesy: Daily Mirror
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Dear RW party has fallen already! UNP need an overhaul with a new leadership!
If the “peace brought govt” is UNPs enemy, then UNP is the f****ng enemy of peacefull PEOPLE…!!!
We wish UNPs reform in the Hell…!!!
Since this government brought peace cant do every shit putting that forward.. You need to have a strong opposition as well. These days you cant take any issue against the government because they all treat as traitors. very funny the things happening these days..
Actualy an opposition won’t put a govt in right track in SL. Coz they only try to oppose, protest & condemn the govt to get the power next, instead looking the well fare of people.
Then the opposition also act in same shit way, if they comes to power.
So this govt is good when compare the unp. At least This govt had an honest & brave idea to bring peace so far. But that’s not a reason to this govt to continue if they go out of track.
thats what now happening with this goverment AMDEN,
guys there is breaking news coming out now in sri lanka
its already in the agenda of the GOV ,
national unity goverment?
I have heard of that too.
Hon Ranil Wickremasinghe is to be appointed Prime Minister on 4th August in a Government of National Unity.
That will be the last nail in the UNP’s coffin; the party will follow the path of LSSP, JVP and CP into oblivion.
I wonder the fate of Hon Sajith Premadasa and his followers and also, the forgotten war hero, Retd Gen Sarath Fonseka?
The tension is rising.
Three hearty cheers for the Government of National Unity.
Hon Sambanthan or Hon Sumanthiran or Hon Mavay Senathiraja (who polled more votes in the recent elections than what Late SJVC polled following the Vaddukoddai separatist resolution) should be appointed co-Deputy Prime Minister.
That will complete an excellent team of clowns leading the circus!!
This is an excellent blog site. Lots of juicy comments and juicier responses.
Prime Minister: Ranil W
co-Deputy Prime Minister: Champika R
co-Deputy Prime Minister: Wimal W
co-Deputy Prime Minister: Basil R
co-Deputy Prime Minister: Namal R
co-Deputy Prime Minister: Rajiva W
co-Deputy Prime Minister: Sambandan / Sumandiran
Sports Minister: Arjuna R
Leader: Rosy S
co-Deputy Leader: Sajith P
co-Deputy Leader: Karu J
co-Deputy Leader: Madduma B
Ranil might be good under this president as he did under JR in 80s. He just can’t lead himself a party.
So if such combination happens & works well, then it can be a good sign of politics. But it’s hard to think how Ranil’ll adapt with this govt. He has to study abt Roni de mal & GL. Roni was ‘money minister’ despite the party.
The Fates of Premadasa & SF have solved by themselves long time ago. They’re banned by fate..!
oh dear Ranil are you getting used to standing alone or are you thinking what have i done to myself its time to step down my dear and lets able to the job you could be a super adviser to the party. you know the famous saying everyone can play but not all could lead