Bandara may quit UNP

2 June 2010 08:42 am - 13     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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By Jamila Najmuddin

UNP Puttalam District MP Palitha Range Bandara has threatened to leave the UNP or retire from politics if his party colleagues continue to neglect taking action against UNP member Shantha Abeysekara over his alleged involvement in assaulting Bandara.

Bandara told Daily Mirror online that it had been over a month since his assault and the party had failed to take any action against the attackers and if a satisfactory result was not announced soon he would consider leaving the UNP.

When questioned if he would join the government, Bandara said it was too early to comment as he would decide to work with a party which would benefit the public.

However Bandara also said that if he did not find a satisfactory party, he would retire from politics.

“The people in my electorate have voted for me and I want to work for them. There is no point in me continuing in a party who cannot take action against a member who tried to kill me. Therefore if no satisfactory action is taken against the attackers, I will leave the UNP and join another party even if it is the government or retire from politics completely,” Bandara said.

Bandara had last month announced that since he was fed up with his party he had decided to boycott all UNP events and meetings. However he had said that he had not decided to quit the party.

Meanwhile Bandara also lashed out at UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayaka saying he would expose him for deliberately delaying taking action against his attackers.

“He cannot say it is the responsibility of the Working Committee to take action when he is the party General Secretary. It is he who should conduct the inquiries and produce a report to the Working Committee over my assault. I know why he is neglecting taking action. Someday when I meet him personally I will expose him,” Bandara said.

Bandara also said that he had not received Attanayaka’s latest letter which he alleged that the General Secretary had leaked to the media in order to get publicity before sending it to him.

In his latest letter addressed to Bandara, Attanayaka dismissed the allegation made by Bandara to the effect that he was deliberately delaying disciplinary action against Shantha Abeysekara who had allegedly assaulted him in April. (Daily Mirror online)

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  • Wednesday, 02 June 2010 06:46 AM

    Wonder what is happening to the UNPrs. They are digging their own graves or playing in to the other camp. High time to get UNITED and steer the party towards victory.

    Wednesday, 02 June 2010 06:48 AM

    BD

    Inept leadership

    Wednesday, 02 June 2010 06:49 AM

    Washing dirty linen in public. Is this the honest, efficient and educated UNP?

    Wednesday, 02 June 2010 06:50 AM

    Shall we have a vote whether RB join Government or Retire from Politics. Vote results will be beneficial for him to make appropriate decision in the best interest of public as stated by him.

    Wednesday, 02 June 2010 06:54 AM

    Range Bandara, please wait. You can join Sajith's party soon.

    Wednesday, 02 June 2010 07:00 AM

    Tissa Attanayake too should be kicked out of the party along with his leader

    Wednesday, 02 June 2010 07:01 AM

    What a lost for UNP and for the country if he does. Didnt he go yet, why waiting. Go and join your new buddies.

    Wednesday, 02 June 2010 11:43 PM

    We are getting sick and tired of the childish antics in the UNP.

    Wednesday, 02 June 2010 07:40 AM

    Bandara himself is not a saint. It is good for the party to get rid of all these useless thugs. Both of these idiots should be expelled from the party.

    Wednesday, 02 June 2010 07:47 AM

    Your conviction is what a right thinking man will do.

    Wednesday, 02 June 2010 07:49 AM

    Dispute should be settled and justice should be metted it better for the country

    Wednesday, 02 June 2010 08:09 AM

    Party with the main themes of democracy and just society

    Wednesday, 02 June 2010 08:14 AM

    Agreed.


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