Defectors to remain with UPFA

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By Jamila Najmuddin

UNP defectors who split from the party in 2006 say that even if Sajith Premadasa or anyone else is appointed as the new UNP Leader, they will not return back to the party noting that the UNP was now deteriorating.

UNP defector and newly appointed Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Dr. Rajitha Senaratna told Daily Mirror online that the problems within the UNP would not fade away even if Premadasa was made the new UNP leader.

“It will make no difference even if Sajith rules. There are too many problems within the party. The damage to the party had already been done. We will never return back to a deteriorating party,” Dr. Senaratna said.

He added that Premadasa’s appointment as the next party Leader would be ‘weak’ as it would take a very long time for the UNP to re-structure and re-organise itself out of a crisis situation. “If a change in leadership is all it takes to end the problems within the UNP, then we would have taken the leadership into our own hands. We wouldn’t have waited for Sajith to be groomed. Sajith’s appointment is going to make no difference,” Dr. Senaratna said.

The possibility of a change in UNP leadership has arisen especially after the humiliating defeat of the party at the recently concluded General Elections.

Several UNP members including senior members have proposed to UNP Leader Ranil Wickramasingha that Hambantota District MP Sajith Premadasa should be appointed as the next leader in order to resolve the problems within the party. (Daily Mirror online)

  Comments - 41

  • Monday, 03 May 2010 08:32 AM

    Excellent comment and very well said

    Monday, 03 May 2010 08:37 AM

    If these parachutists do not want to come back then why do they want to have UNP membership.

    Monday, 03 May 2010 08:40 AM

    Why are you hanging on to the UNP membership? Resign and join SLFP

    Monday, 03 May 2010 08:41 AM

    Out of jeolousy! Now he will not return as he is a Minister but when the UNP wins, you will see what he will do.

    Monday, 03 May 2010 09:01 AM

    Dear Doctor, now you are enjoying being a Minister, we know that u will not leave that and come back. Its disgraceful if this party takes you back. Who invited you to join the UNP?

    Monday, 03 May 2010 09:12 AM

    the worst thing that can happen to UNP is the return of Rajitha and the lot. Dont bother coming back , UNP is million times better without opportunistic lot like you, Rajitha.

    Monday, 03 May 2010 09:20 AM

    So this proves beyone any doubt that the reason for them to leave was not the leadership but for their own personal betterment. And im sure Sajith or for that matter any UNP leader will not want them back anyway.

    Monday, 03 May 2010 09:25 AM

    What does he mean by saying they would have taken the leadership into their own hands? Isn't that what they tried and then slowly sneaked out when they knew they couldn't ?

    Monday, 03 May 2010 09:27 AM

    Lionel you are right on the money buddy. UNP's downfall is taking in traitors.

    Monday, 03 May 2010 09:31 AM

    We do not need these fellows back in the UNP. There are honest better people like, Rosy, Grero, Paba, Ruwan, Budhikka, Sujeewa, Festus's Son etc, who will team up Sajit, Rukman and Dayasiri to form a cohesive patriotic unit who loves the country.

    Monday, 03 May 2010 09:33 AM

    How to come, with so much of fish to eat... Ha.. Ha... Ha....

    Monday, 03 May 2010 09:34 AM

    They have already joined. UNP is no more a big party. Day by day they loosing their leaders and supporters.

    Monday, 03 May 2010 09:35 AM

    Which part is excellent, Mr. Rohan ????

    Monday, 03 May 2010 09:36 AM

    UNP IS THE BEST PARTY IN SRI LANKA TO DEVOLOP THE COUNTRY WITH DEMOCRACY,FREE ECONOMY AND FREE TRADE.THOSE WHO ABONDENED THE PARTY WHEN IT FACED DIFFICULTIES ARE NOT TRUE UNP PEOPLE.IN PAST ATHULATHMUDALI,GAMNI DISSANAYAKA ETC DID THE SAME AND THEY FINALY LOST AT EVERY TURN.ANY ONE WHO BECOMES THE NEXT LEADER MUST OPENLY DECLARE THAT THIS KIND OF ACT THE PEOPLE WILL NEVER WELLCOME TO UNP AGAIN.

    Monday, 03 May 2010 09:39 AM

    Who cares about Rajitha Senaratna... he is nothing for us...

    Monday, 03 May 2010 09:41 AM

    Dear UNPers, when somebody cross over to your party you all wellcome him and praise him saying he is very good, clean, clever and thousand other things. But when he crossover again, hes an opportunist, powergreedy and thousand another things. Here is the same story.

    Monday, 03 May 2010 09:53 AM

    Please don’t come back so at least we can expect UNP in next election

    Monday, 03 May 2010 09:56 AM

    Rajitha Senaratna is now very hungry and jealous for Sajith post.. Mr. Ranil is a well educated, internationally reputed real gentleman. Even if sajith take over the UNP's leadership.. We may need Mr. Rani's ideas and his experties to reform this country. There are many more UNPers who left for UPFA, now they have put their tonges out like animals for being UNP leader.... We dont need you all

    Monday, 03 May 2010 10:00 AM

    Come on! don't be naive. This proves you went for perks and not because of Ranil's leadership! Anyway you will never be taken back!!!

    Monday, 03 May 2010 10:12 AM

    hay ind.,,,
    it's not just UNPers...followers of other parties do the same

    Monday, 03 May 2010 10:24 AM

    Good that the rotton eggs are out of UNP

    Monday, 03 May 2010 10:32 AM

    very true. I would second this statement 10 times.

    Monday, 03 May 2010 04:40 PM

    People know that politicians are jokers. These jokers jumped for their own benefit to continue with their luxurious lifestyles. One day, if the UNP comes to power, they will surely go back.

    Monday, 03 May 2010 10:35 AM

    You all crossed over for the money and the post, now howcan you all come back and loose them for another 5years.

    Monday, 03 May 2010 04:44 PM

    Thanks, Dr. Rajitha.

    Monday, 03 May 2010 10:36 AM

    part about the political frogs and shameless sri lankans for believing this garbage....

    Monday, 03 May 2010 10:39 AM

    Sure, if in the future if UNP ever has a chance of coming to power, maybe after 25 years or so, they will sure to consider their options at that time, provided they are living. Change of UNP leadership should have happened in 1989 after RW lost to CBK or at least in 2005 when RW lost again.

    Monday, 03 May 2010 10:40 AM

    They will not only come back but go anywhere if there are opportunities to earn

    Monday, 03 May 2010 05:28 PM

    Rajitha has confirmed the fact that these opportunists are intent on 'making hay, while the sun shines'!

    Monday, 03 May 2010 10:43 AM

    WE ALL KNOW RAJITHA,KARU,MILINDA & NAVIN WERE BEHIND THE SCREEN WHAT THEY DID AGAINST RANIL IN 2005 PRESDENTIAL. I'LL BET ANY THING FOR THAT IF UNP AGAIN IN POWER THESE PEOPLE IN LINE FOR PORTFOLIOS.

    Monday, 03 May 2010 10:55 AM

    Hay R. whom are you trying to mislead who will beleive your misleading statement. You all know the capabilities of Sajith. you all are now so scared of UNP raising its head again. Who ask you to come back? UNP require only clean people for its futrure

    Monday, 03 May 2010 08:48 PM

    He might definitely consider joining, not only the UNP, but also any other party which has a possibility of coming into power, next time.

    Monday, 03 May 2010 11:20 AM

    DON'T ALLOW THESE RUBISH ANTI UNP TRAITORS TO COME BACK TO UNP.THEY ARE USING UNP FOR THEIR SELFISH PLANS.

    Monday, 03 May 2010 08:01 AM

    The question is, who asked them to come back ?

    Monday, 03 May 2010 08:09 AM

    These people crossed over saying that they didn't like the leadership, not the grand old party... But now they say they won't come back to the UNP even if the leader is changed...
    And still our Sri Lankans believe in this kinda opportunistic political frogs... Shame on us as Sri Lankans...

    Monday, 03 May 2010 08:09 AM

    You don't have any moral right to even talk about this. Just enjoy the perks while it lasts because that was the main reason all of you left the UNP. At least try to do something for the people of this country, without just shooting your mouth in every corner.

    Monday, 03 May 2010 08:14 AM

    yeah! good riddance. don't come back

    Monday, 03 May 2010 08:15 AM

    UNPs downfall was due to taking in dropouts like SB, Karu , Rajitha and Mangala, and giving a place to crooks like Johnstone, Rohitha, Mano, Navin, .....................

    Monday, 03 May 2010 08:17 AM

    Very good decision Doctor,......... but I am sure you will be in UNP when they come to power and you will definitely ask for a ministry from Sajith

    Monday, 03 May 2010 08:17 AM

    PLEASE, PLEASE DON'T EVEN THINK OF COMING BACK. even the thought of having you back is disgracefull

    Monday, 03 May 2010 08:25 AM

    Well said Mr. Calistus, you will regerat after 5 years Mr.Rajitha.


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