UNP rebels stick to their guns
The ‘Jathika Pawra’ organisation which organised last Saturday’s protest march in Matara demanding a change in the United National Party (UNP) leadership, yesterday reiterated that the UNP leader should resign.
“UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe should follow the suggestions made by Eksath Bhikshu Peramuna and resign for the betterment of the party,” Southern Provincial Councillor and Jathika Pawra Co-Organiser Maithri Gunaratne told a news conference yesterday.
He said they would take to the streets and even conduct a fast unto death if Mr. Wickremesinghe refuses to step down after holding discussions with parliamentarians Karu Jayasuriya and Sajith Premadasa.
Mr. Gunaratne said they were not forcing the leader to leave the party. “We are only seeking his resignation as party leader. We have nothing against him working in a party committee or holding another post,” he said.
(Courtesy: DM Online)
Oka mamath kiwwa.Buruwa,ahanne neame.
Ranil does not care what happens to the UNP and its supporters as he only wants to continue as a sleeping leader in the UNP. If was a proper leader he could have taken steps to stop Dayasiri Jayasekera from leaving the UNP. Now what he wants is to do is to ask Karu and Sajith to do all the dirty things for him while serving in the High powered Committee which is only an eye washing thing and warming up chairs for Sajith and Karu Jayasuriya, as they have nothing to offer to the people’s call in change in the UNP leadership status immediately. So as Hon. Ranil has his kith and kin in the UNP Working committee, all recommendations made by Karu and Sajith at the coming discussion to take up on the 15th October 2013 with Ranil, will be rejected by the UNP’s Working committee, if the said recommendations of this Committee discussions were against Ranil from holding his position as the UNP leader. So it is useless forming any Supreme Council for the UNP without its leader resigning from his leadership position.
SILPA, Your comments are bit too rash. Poor man Ranil doesn’t feel the pulse of the ordinary masses.He is brought up and is surrounded by the so called bourgeois strata mainly consisting of minorities like the Catholic Church, Muslims, diaspora Tamils and of course a sprinkling of the misguided majority .Definitely he has no place among the Sinhala Buddhist majority.Perhaps he knows it and probably wants to quit but is firmly dissuaded by his hangers-on.
Ranil Wickremasinghe lead the UNP to victory in the two Provincial Council elections held recently. The Elections Commissioner had to work hard to rig the results (some evidence seen in the bundles of ballot papers found in Puttalam).
It is now evident that RW and the UNP have an excellent chance of winning the next elections if the outcome is not intervened by the very officials who conduct the elections.
Some people in the echelons of power have been disturbed by the UNP’s performance at the PC elections. Hence the open initiative to undermine the RW leadership and install an alternative (Sajith Premadasa) that will be amenable to the rulers.
So readers, please don’t be swayed by the cooked up attack on the current UNP leadership. It is indeed, an attack on the freedom and democracy that we Sri Lankans have enjoyed since 1948. Navi Plillai is quite correct in asssessing current leadership traits as ‘moving towards authoritarianism”.
Ranil is the only remaining hope for reviving Sri Lanka to moral, ethical and democratic standards that prevailed prior to 1977.