UNP of Dudley, DS no more: President

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President Maithripala Sirisena today said he, as the common candidate in November 2014, assumed he was allaying with the UNP founded by the late D.S.-Dudley Senanayakes but later on realised that he had not allied with such a UNP.

President Sirisena said this during a ceremony held at the BMICH to commemorate four Senanayakes namely D S, Dudley, R G and FR who had played great roles in securing independence.

“The late D. S. Senanayake, did not engage in corruption, did not waste public funds. He was patriotic and adopted home grown agricultural policies. This is why the UNP became a great party. The UNP was built upon the visions of these great men. I hope the UNP would find greatness again and become the real party which was founded by these leaders,” he said.

He recalled that there were two dansalas in Polonnaruwa for Poson for many years.

“One was named Bandaranaike Dansala and the other Senanayake Dansala. Bandaranaike Dansala was organized by the SLFPers and Senanayake Dansala was organized by the UNPers. However UNPers could not organize it since 2007. Then I decided to rename the Dansala organized by the SLFPers as Bandaranaike and Senanayake Dansala since I thought we should be grateful to these great UNP leaders,” he added.

While stating that his father was among those who were settled by the late D. S Senanayake, the President stated that he was a mixture of Senanayakes and Bandaranaikes.

Joint Opposition MP Vasudeva Nanayakkara said time had come once again to launch a struggle against imperialists just as late F. R Senanayake did as US led imperialism had come up again today with the leadership of Donald Trump. “USA is trying to rule all countries in the world,” he said.

Former Minister Imitiyaz Bakeer Markar who revived memories on late Prime Minister Dudley Senanayake said the late leader always stressed that the issues faced by the Tamils in the North and the East and issues of estate communities were two things which has to be resolved going beyond party politics. He said the late Mr. Senanayake said this in Parliament when a motion was brought to abolish the Tamil Language Act.

Western Province Governor Hemakumara Nanayakkara who paid tribute to the late R G Senanayake said he was a true Buddhist who always held that true Buddhists should respect all religious and ethnic groups. “ Late R G Senanayake always strived to look after the interests of all people while trying to win real freedom for the country,” he said. (Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 56

  • Unchikun Monday, 22 October 2018 10:45 PM

    "Aye aye, sir". Well said. The same applies to the SLFP.

    panduka Tuesday, 23 October 2018 10:32 AM

    Same applies to SLFP we cannot go back 60 years lots of things have changed for good and bad

    karthik Monday, 22 October 2018 10:53 PM

    Yes Sir, once upon a time we had gentlemen in politics now we have only well trained crocked politicians who shed crocodile tears for the country

    S.P.RAMKUMAR Monday, 22 October 2018 11:18 PM

    UNP is democratic party, which leader is selected by majority of its members. But not like neoptism

    Anil Tuesday, 23 October 2018 08:21 AM

    Yes it elects its leader to be in power for 25 years by the members appointed by the leader himself. Very democratic!!

    TONY Monday, 22 October 2018 11:20 PM


    RP Tuesday, 23 October 2018 01:05 AM

    Mr president you are talking about DS, Dudley as uncorrupt honest men. What are you? Where do you fit in?

    Jude Tuesday, 23 October 2018 01:16 AM

    Yeah, Gone are the days that respectable and educated gentlemen involved in Politics!!!

    sam Tuesday, 23 October 2018 01:28 AM

    No, this is the UNP with leaders who do nothing for increasing dollar, but make sure to maintain corruption. Sadly, you all represent the same government

    Sunil Tuesday, 23 October 2018 03:58 AM

    The UNP of DS and Dudley died in 1977 when it gained absolute power. From then it was a downward journey and today it is redefining corruption in Sri Lanka.

    cheers Tuesday, 23 October 2018 04:37 AM

    Mr President you are 100% true UNP from 1977 has produced bank robbers, land robbers and also killers and also introduced a war to sri lanka like the tamil tigers and remember you gave them the air to breathe which you cannot stop the menace now

    Unbiased Tuesday, 23 October 2018 01:47 PM

    You are forgetting the killers from 1971

    senaratne Tuesday, 23 October 2018 05:22 AM

    amazing...SLFP leaders are commemorating UNP past leaders...what has happened to UNP? isn't it their duty to do it before others? why is Ranil so late back on these issues?

    Banda Tuesday, 23 October 2018 05:24 AM

    SLFP will be no more.

    Samantha Tuesday, 23 October 2018 05:25 AM

    Did he ask this question before he accept his no.donation? Did he ask from Swan party even? Did he forgot he came as a non party candidate? What is this non sense,?

    ANTON Tuesday, 23 October 2018 06:13 AM


    Ralahamy Tuesday, 23 October 2018 06:25 AM

    One of the greatness of leader Dudley Senanayake was he had the courage to leave power and position whenever he found a situation. He did not cling to power like the present set of leaders and politicians of all parties. He did not amass wealth but was so generous that his coconut estate was distributed to the workers. There is no point in praising the dead, unless we want to emulate them in any simple way we can. Otherwise all the talk will be nothing but empty wind.

    666 Tuesday, 23 October 2018 06:43 AM

    Whom he is trying to hoodwink by saying that he as the common candidate, he had assumed he was allaying with the UNP of good olden days but later on realised that it was a different UNP?. He is no better than any other

    Jay Tuesday, 23 October 2018 06:49 AM

    President is back with his usual game condemning the party that helped him be the President.

    Ghost Tuesday, 23 October 2018 06:52 AM

    So is the SLFP of S.W.R.D and Sirima-The times they are a changing!!!

    Jude Tuesday, 23 October 2018 06:52 AM

    Nowadays, there's no place for Intellectual people in Politics!!!Period!!!

    THEREFORE ? - NEXT MOVE ? Tuesday, 23 October 2018 06:53 AM

    "as the common candidate in November 2014, assumed he was allaying with the UNP founded by the late D.S.-Dudley Senanayakes but later on realised that he had not allied with such a UNP." - THEREFORE .......?

    Dee Tuesday, 23 October 2018 06:55 AM

    Any political party is not what it started! Full of Jokers. People who really intended to serve no longer wants to get involved. People who wants to earn from politics will somehow get involved. Take a look at your own party? Ask yourself whether it is what it was 60 years back?

    ANTON Tuesday, 23 October 2018 06:55 AM


    Nihal Tuesday, 23 October 2018 06:55 AM


    laki Tuesday, 23 October 2018 06:57 AM

    He is not a baby to assume such a thing after in thick of the politics for decades. He is getting exposed to the masses who had voted for him by his utterring's day by day. As some one had said, you can fool people but cannot fool all the people all the time. Face it. He has kicked the ladder after getting to the top as he wants to be there for another term.

    bill Tuesday, 23 October 2018 07:01 AM

    Oh, no! Not again! He has put his foot in his mouth again. What's wrong with him???

    Perumal Tuesday, 23 October 2018 07:02 AM

    The same comments apply to Bandaranayakes" SLFP

    666 Tuesday, 23 October 2018 07:06 AM

    He would have aligned with devil himself to get into that seat. Everybody can see that he is doing it even now to stay in power.

    ANTON Tuesday, 23 October 2018 07:07 AM


    dayan Tuesday, 23 October 2018 07:10 AM

    True. Even Bandaranayakas are no more.

    City Tuesday, 23 October 2018 07:10 AM

    In plain English you think you made a mistake.Sir you are heading for a disaster if you think of quitting now.you will be totally isolated.all the best Sir

    vasaliya Tuesday, 23 October 2018 07:31 AM

    Hey Mr. No Brake, how about abolishing the presidency as promised....Also are the SLFP ers saints???? You are protecting the most corrupt people this land has ever seen. Reality is both parties are corrupt. Dont try to whiten only your linen you bare faced ****.

    Captain america Tuesday, 23 October 2018 07:34 AM

    Your wise words are an inspiration to us expats in the west.Thank you sir.

    Prem Tuesday, 23 October 2018 07:34 AM

    What about SLFP. SlFP OFSWRD. SRIMAO and chandrika no more.

    Premalal Tuesday, 23 October 2018 07:37 AM

    Very convenient. You make a mess of your job and when the bell starts tolling you say that it was all because you were fooled by your buddy.

    Neil Tuesday, 23 October 2018 07:57 AM

    Mr Presedent,Please do not make comments about the UNP. You have no moral right to do so.You came to power saying that you are going to abolish the presidency in 100 days. Now you are enjoying the perks and making judgements about others.Please leave the office. You are not trustworthy.

    Dperera Tuesday, 23 October 2018 07:58 AM

    Sounds like he is not fit to be the president anymore. It took him all this while to figure out about the UNP. One more crazy idea after another. What's next?

    sobers Tuesday, 23 October 2018 08:22 AM

    Yes. President is correct. The ruination of the country started after 1971. The day we changed from Ceylon to Sri lanka for some reason the country has been in a turmoil.

    Jayanath Tuesday, 23 October 2018 08:31 AM

    Bullshit! He boasts his political carrier is 34years. He did not know what is UNP and it’s men when he joined them?He is nothing but a looser in all respect!

    Yahiya Tuesday, 23 October 2018 08:34 AM

    Ranil must attend to this function

    City Tuesday, 23 October 2018 09:54 AM

    I think MS would have briefed RW about this speech.

    Chux Tuesday, 23 October 2018 09:46 AM

    Is he practicing all swrd theories ????He is there to refuse all major development and also he is anti private sector

    Saman Tuesday, 23 October 2018 09:47 AM

    What a funny speech it is. By this he displays his ignorance to the public. We must shame to ourselves to be a citizen of this country.

    Samson Tuesday, 23 October 2018 10:19 AM

    Both SLFP and UNP have lost their bearings. Both have lead down the leaders who formed the parties. Both will realise the mistakes very soon.

    peter Tuesday, 23 October 2018 11:09 AM

    what a duplicity!

    Gratiaen Tuesday, 23 October 2018 01:21 PM

    The tongue can be turned into many sides as it is an organ without a single bone.

    Mahad Tuesday, 23 October 2018 01:16 PM

    Aiyo Si....Then why didn’t you join UNP in the first place . Ow coming out with all cock and bull stories.

    Nimal Saradial Tuesday, 23 October 2018 02:16 PM

    This statement is enough to bring a no confidence motion against Prez. Is he mad to criticize other party? Ethics and manners?

    SRILANKAN Tuesday, 23 October 2018 02:33 PM

    He knows that he will not get the UNP Seat next time......

    Sach Tuesday, 23 October 2018 02:38 PM

    UNP is now NGO's party

    Dhammika Tuesday, 23 October 2018 05:37 PM

    With a CEO as well .

    parakum Tuesday, 23 October 2018 02:49 PM

    Senanayake's had a vision to make this country self sufficient with food. Here come SWRD in 1956, he took us down the garden path with his PACHA BALA VEGAYA and destroyed the progress that was achieved. Bandaranayakes is responsible for the plight of all the WOES of Srilankans today. Senanayakes is the Father of the Nation,where as SWRD is the Father of the Naion Destruction.

    Nihal Tuesday, 23 October 2018 03:28 PM

    MS WE don't need past we VOTED 62% for you to stop all CORRUPTION and promises you have us nothing happened with your Executive powers you are not Executive it ACT fast

    selvin Tuesday, 23 October 2018 09:18 PM

    Same side gale.

    Cobra Wednesday, 24 October 2018 12:02 PM

    So now you are doing marketing for Rajapaksa's Pohottuwa?

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