UNP must undergo drastic changes soon: Sujeewa

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While rejecting reports that he would quit the UNP, State Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe yesterday said he would resign from the post of party electoral organiser if party did not undergo drastic and immediate changes.

He said UNP MPs including Ministers Ajith P. Perera, Harsha De Silva, Ruwan Wijewardene, Ranjith Maddumabandara, UNP General Secretary Minister Kabir Hashim and himself held similar views on this matter.

Meanwhile, he said they were invited by President Maithripala Sirisena to a meeting.

“We, the UNP MPs, are still in the process of discussing the changes among ourselves, but the MPs couldn’t meet prior to the meeting with the President. Therefore, I personally visited the President and informed him that we were unable to attend the meeting. I only went to convey the message about which I also briefed General Secretary Hashim later on. There is no truth in the reports that I have decided to join other parties,” he told Daily Mirror.

The state minister said after a meeting with the UNP MPs, they had informed party Leader and Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe about the need for changes in the party.

“On many previous occasions we have been promised changes, which have never been made. The Prime Minister agreed to this and assured that effective changes will be made. We do not need the appointment of committees or leadership committees. What we need are drastic changes which will have a positive impact on the party immediately. The next leadership of the party must be decided soon ,” he said.

Meanwhile, the State minister said he would resign from the post of party electoral organiser in the event these changes were not carried out.

“I won’t leave the party to join another but if the necessary changes are not made in the future, I may resign from my post. I will serve the people for the next three years because I have been given the second place in Colombo at the previous general election,” he said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

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  • Keerthi Saturday, 17 February 2018 08:14 AM

    First, accept the verdict of the people and bow out humbly.

    Rasheed Monday, 19 February 2018 10:02 AM

    Mind you this is not the Presidential or General Election, people verdict may differ.

    Aloka Saturday, 17 February 2018 08:19 AM

    The majority of the people in Sri Lanka think that the UNP is not the right party to safeguard the sovereignty of SL.

    Karu Saturday, 17 February 2018 08:22 AM

    UNP has failed miserably to understand the common people who are always dependant on Government welfareThey are the empowered people and would rally behind one who pretends to care them.

    Sujan Saturday, 17 February 2018 08:42 AM

    He has toresign anyway, he has lost the seat and partaker of Bond scandal

    Lion Saturday, 17 February 2018 08:43 AM

    Every one say we serve people it's just a slogan once landderd in the seat then serve my self and my kith and kin.We saw how you try to build a house in Kandy harresing Your Nebours using your powers.

    Citizen Saturday, 17 February 2018 08:45 AM

    So sorry to read about your friend Aloysius.

    Haffie Saturday, 17 February 2018 09:06 AM

    Well said. More and more UNP MP`s should come forward to press hard for a drastic change in the party leadership.Otherwise, even God will not save the party.

    johan Saturday, 17 February 2018 09:20 AM

    In the universe it is common sense if a team has lost its matches for two decades if the team mates are not changing the Captain first the defeats will continue.I do not like to tell further this is enough.

    Duminda Saturday, 17 February 2018 09:30 AM

    Late is better than never. Start it from very top to . Otherwise stay in opposition 4 ever.

    Susil Saturday, 17 February 2018 09:33 AM

    How about writing a book on that????????/

    Sambo Saturday, 17 February 2018 05:28 PM

    People like you are the cause for the fall of the UNP. You people can only speak and fill your pockets but care a dam of the people. So that's why the people responded in this way

    dickie bird Saturday, 17 February 2018 05:44 PM

    UNP was once the trusted party BUT not anymore as unbelievably looted the government coffers in broad day light to fatten themselves overlooking the masses.Masses have been betrayed and frustrated. As such, they vent their anger on the 10th. Only the UNP to blame themselves. Penn keeper appointed a manager and the CB was looted.Now the penn keeper refuse to resign.

    Dhammika Saturday, 17 February 2018 07:49 PM

    SUJEEWA = First your party UNP MUST change its leadership to a younger , energetic acceptable person such as SAJITH . Then deliver what you all promised in 2015 speciially about looters and corruption THAT WILL DO ! .

    Mahila Saturday, 17 February 2018 11:36 PM

    Very Good Idea. How about the SLPP, LSSP, NSSP and SLFP also change its leadership to a younger , energetic acceptable person?

    Nuwan Sunday, 18 February 2018 07:32 AM

    Mahila, indeed, but it seems the old in these parties are more energetic. May be a UNP young gun can be more energetic than these fellows. That would be a competitive advantage.

    GH Sunday, 18 February 2018 12:20 AM

    Mr. Sujeewa Senasinghe, leaving either the Ministry or the UNP is your right, we respect it. But, do not try to spoil the SLPP by joining with the Patriotic people.

    cham Sunday, 18 February 2018 11:40 AM

    But the patriotic people accepted people like Duminda silva and Mervin Silva when they joined hands with MR.

    Ratat giya Kala Sunday, 18 February 2018 02:24 AM

    Patriotism communalism and serving the public are all slogans to get there. Then its amassing wealth and we the the public are rudderless as all who went to serve have served themselves well. Sad resignation retiring are words unknown to the Sri Lankan politicians

    Terminator> Sunday, 18 February 2018 09:12 AM

    Yes Sujeewa, UNP needs immediate reformation as to become a powerful political party in the country. People like you could make some changes I hope.

    NC Sunday, 18 February 2018 09:14 AM

    You have lost your credibility after the bond scam. You are part of the problem.

    persona4paz Sunday, 18 February 2018 05:38 PM

    The truth is that majority of the people think that there is no-one in SL to rule SR. That is the bitter truth.

    EXPEL Monday, 19 February 2018 09:44 AM

    First change is to EXPEL those who made multiple telephone calls to Aloysius


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