Two-member of UNP committee quits; urges Sajith to be party leader

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Two members of the committee appointed by UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe to look into party reforms had announced their resignation yesterday requesting the party leadership to call for a working committee meeting and to appoint presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa as the new leader.

MPs Ranjith Madduma Bandara and Thalatha Athukorala who were members of five member committee appointed to look into party reforms announced their resignation at a press conference yesterday and called for the appointment of Mr. Premadasa as the new UNP leader.

Mr. Madduma Bandara said a working committee meeting should be called immediately so that a new leader could be appointed to the party.

“We have informed the party leadership of our decision to resign from the reforms committee and had requested for a working committee meeting be summoned soon. We feel there is nothing left to discuss on party matters as more than 99% of the UNP members want Mr. Premadasa as the leader,” he said.

MP Athukorala said they are against the proposal to appoint a leadership committee to handle the general election campaign. “We are used to working with one leader rather than working with a leadership council,” she said.

“The comments made by some party members about party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe makes us sad as some say Mr. Premadasa's campaign was sabotaged. We are sad as no such thing happened during the presidential election. Grassroot level party members would criticize the party leader more, if UNP is not reformed soon,” she added.

Also, the MPs said Mr. Premadasa is a mature leader, though he is 52-years of age. They said the global trend is that young politicians are appointed to top positions as in Finland, where a young politician was appointed as the new Prime Minister of that country. (Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 7

  • UNPer Friday, 13 December 2019 01:08 PM

    Very encouraging, that's the way to go. All genuine UNPers shouldn't give in to Ranil's delaying tactics of appointing bogus Committees for everything. He appears to be having a deal to enable Pohottuwa to get a two-third majority in the coming elections?

    R J Das Friday, 13 December 2019 02:20 PM

    The fight is with RW MR and SP

    Haffie Fuard Friday, 13 December 2019 02:25 PM

    This is the way to go forward. Sajith is the only leader who could build up the UNP from the present sordid situation.

    Saman Friday, 13 December 2019 02:31 PM

    Mr Ranil Wickremasinghe, for god sake why wont to retire from politics at least now. No one wants you in the UNP. We can offer you only a non executive advisory post. Please Please don't wait for 45 days before general election to leave the party.

    Ranjith Friday, 13 December 2019 02:48 PM

    Ranil was the main cause for Sajit's defeat he arbitrarily announced he will be the PM which was contradicted by Sajith , There was know reason to get the cabinet approval for MCC during election campaign , Ranjan and Mangala making statements against Buddhism and monks these were all well planned moves by Ranil and henchman now people hate Ranil even more

    Johan Friday, 13 December 2019 03:10 PM

    Sri Lanka has outdated politicians in the major parties whom should weeded out and the country Should be handed over to young leaders to carry On the new vision for SL

    Senn Sunday, 15 December 2019 06:51 PM

    Why , Sajith only, suggest someone else who is more sensible,educated one among you. otherwise it would be difficult to beat well disciplined, matured GR easily. whom already grab hearts of common people of the country


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