I am everybody’s leader: Ranil

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Opposition leader and leader of the UNP Ranil Wickremesighe today said those who participate in the Sathyagraha that is being organised by the party reformists tomorrow would not be considered as party members.

He said no UNP member would participate at tomorrow’s Sathyagraha.

Mr. Wickremesighe who made a special statement to the press said the reformists are trying to create a clash at today’s working committee meeting of the party to stop the appointment of the nomination board.

He said the only matter that would be discussed at the working committee will be the coming local government election.

Mr. Wickremesighe who hit hard at an advertisement which was aired on a private TV channel said no media organisations should mix business interests with the news they broadcast and publish. He said certain media organisations try to fulfil their business interests by controlling what they publish.

He said he is not willing to answer to the accusations that are made by the reformist group. “ I am every body’s leader including the ones who are criticizing me therefore it is not worth wasting time answering the accusations made against me,” he said. (Yohan Perera)

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  • Chalie Chaplin Tuesday, 16 August 2011 10:11 AM

    I am sorry to say that you are already became "Everybody's Joker".

    sat Tuesday, 16 August 2011 10:13 AM


    Srilal Tuesday, 16 August 2011 10:15 AM

    Well said indeed totally agree....

    Ravishan Tuesday, 16 August 2011 10:10 AM

    Yes ,you are everybody's leader and would remain every day as a loser.

    AShhh Tuesday, 16 August 2011 10:12 AM

    yeah very well said...RANIL wikramasinghe the only leader to lead the nation .....

    hina Tuesday, 16 August 2011 10:13 AM

    well done mr.ranil.

    asmidda Tuesday, 16 August 2011 10:19 AM

    this guy making more worst this leadership issue...if he cant win election why should be leader for the party ....you are very suitable for leader for all foreign UNP unit..

    Dheen Tuesday, 16 August 2011 10:15 AM

    Due to your arrogance you will lose your identity and you will be physically removed from the leader's seat. This may be your fate.

    Manujer Wednesday, 17 August 2011 05:42 AM

    Mr Bean.

    Thilak Tuesday, 16 August 2011 04:58 PM

    Ranil may be weak leader quality , but he is UNP leader , any UNPers not reached to the Ranil's level ,therefore we have to recognise as UNP leader

    dhana Tuesday, 16 August 2011 10:23 AM

    Great and timely statement by a great leader. UNPers must follow Ranil's leading and everybody should accept Ranil as the one and only leader of the party.

    N. Komali Tuesday, 16 August 2011 10:25 AM

    nambikkei kollungal on Ranil.

    Chrisj Tuesday, 16 August 2011 10:26 AM

    Mr. Ranil, you are Nobody's Leader. Sake of this UNP, please give your leadership to somebody else. As long as you are in the leadership, big bonus for MR govt. You are an agent of MR regime. That is the truth.

    Imran Hussein Tuesday, 16 August 2011 10:27 AM

    Had RW had this courage & firmeness 10 years ago, UNP would have been the strongest party. I dont know if iam right but its too late Mr Wickramasinghe.

    Rajapaksha Tuesday, 16 August 2011 05:22 PM

    People don't understand the simple truth. By their actions, they first destroy Ranil and then the party. When they understand the truth, it will be too late.

    citizen Tuesday, 16 August 2011 10:25 AM

    if Ranil will leave the leadership , is that possible to win the election by Sajith group alone , keep in mind that Karu also cross over once, How he become a leader to the party . Don't posses Maharajavarunge ( Leading business figure) agenda.

    N. Komali Tuesday, 16 August 2011 10:31 AM

    Italian Sonia!, not Hela Ranil

    N. Komali Tuesday, 16 August 2011 10:35 AM

    He waited and waited.....until gangsters outs terrorists and high time to eject gangsters with the support of the General.

    Rj Tuesday, 16 August 2011 10:36 AM

    Thank God he didn't get elected!!!

    devilORgood Tuesday, 16 August 2011 10:37 AM

    Ranil has not given jobs in 2004 and not mis-used power and public money. So Jara (bad)UNP members do not like him.He won in 2004. Later due to the completion of war , people vote to MR. However bad man will take the leadership of UNP.Then he will do more bad things than now.

    Berty Tuesday, 16 August 2011 10:31 AM

    Only Colombo looked solid,
    Will U B able to secure- atleast CMC.?????

    NN Tuesday, 16 August 2011 10:38 AM

    like Al Asad

    Ewugina Hami, Gandar Tuesday, 16 August 2011 10:36 AM

    I voted two times coming extra from abroad. Trully i will never vote you. Even if you are to be the leader we will not vote your party. Then it is better to vote MR although some ministers are corrupt.

    Imran Hussein Tuesday, 16 August 2011 10:43 AM

    Komali - I certainly believe that RW is the best leader to lead the country. His knowledge and expertise cannot be matched with 10 MRs. But RW like Anura B. made a big mistake in over looking the rural areas. Ranil doesnt lie or pretend which you have to.
    If Karu. Sajith, Dayasiri, Thalatha, Rosy and others against his leadership then he better give up. No point hanging there.

    zafar Tuesday, 16 August 2011 10:39 AM

    You are the worst power greedy, but powerless dictator..i pray god for ur demise..then only this party will be united and get the power

    mils Tuesday, 16 August 2011 11:13 AM

    it is time for you to pack up and leave. Are u there to destroy the unp. nobodywil vote for your party until uyou are the leader

    lankan Tuesday, 16 August 2011 11:19 AM

    Every bodies leader of the opposition ??????????

    Madu Tuesday, 16 August 2011 11:23 AM

    The best persoan to be the deputy leader of the party is Wijeyewardene. Sajith is not suitable because he has shown his inability to be the deputy leader or a leader.Useless talking abt Karu.............

    Hemantha Ratnayake Tuesday, 16 August 2011 11:26 AM

    Mr. Ranil you have vast experience in politics & your hands
    are always clean.Not to worry most of UNPers are with you.

    Rad Tuesday, 16 August 2011 11:26 AM

    Only person who should go is you.

    Nihal De Silva Friday, 29 March 2013 01:17 PM

    you end up no bodys leader just political garbage

    Haffie Tuesday, 16 August 2011 12:10 PM

    Sir, the only alternative presently you have is to hand over the leadership of the party to Karu J. Only then, you can retain your prestige and respect . Don't waste anymore time.

    EksathKolluSangamaya Tuesday, 16 August 2011 12:17 PM

    We love u ranil

    Sammy Wednesday, 17 August 2011 07:53 AM

    Only he knows he's everybody's leader, not most others. To be a leader show leadership, which is sadly missing in you.

    farthinker Tuesday, 16 August 2011 12:26 PM

    Worst than Supper Glue - The best remark on RANIL........

    Malintha Tuesday, 16 August 2011 12:27 PM

    Ranil, read DM's comments list. You would understand. Go as a gentleman without waiting until people chase you away.

    surain Tuesday, 16 August 2011 12:33 PM

    You have no more chances to hit the Kana Moottiya please leave allow the real UNPers to get the party out of this mess.
    You have created so many divisions within the party please leave with dignity

    Lal Tuesday, 16 August 2011 12:34 PM

    please leave with dignity. you cant ruin this party any more

    Kalum Tuesday, 16 August 2011 12:31 PM

    RW, You have lost the plot , respect & certainly the trust of the people . Dont bark like amad dog , you , Ravi & Tissa belong in a museum . Dont you think its a shame after loosing so many elections still trying to hang around , you are the biggest curse ever for UNP. For the love of God PLS LEAVE THE LEADRERSHIP. this is not your damn inheritance !

    unesh Tuesday, 16 August 2011 12:34 PM

    very true citizen, it seems almost all reformists have their own agendas and most of them are driven by maharaja's not the grass root level UNPers like they say. i know how Sajith live his life in a fancy style which is not shown in TV he even was not in Sri Lanka for more than half of his life and lived in western countries. most of these people's leaders are not the same in their personal lives they just pretend to be simple villegers just to loot poor people's vote. what this small group of people show is nothing but greed for power and for that they'll even distroy their mothers and fathers. what to talk of RW.

    Mathew Tuesday, 16 August 2011 12:35 PM

    Stay Ranil, You are a true leader. Dont let these treasure diggers to get to the top. If they did they will sell everything in SL.

    Sapumal Tuesday, 16 August 2011 12:36 PM

    Hemantha Ratnayake, what you mean by most of UNPers? May be you and some.We also understand RW is the best leader to have in country.But whats the use , if he cannot gain power for ever? We let him stay over a decade! Enough is enough.Let him be in a honest position .UNP need to take the govt.

    unesh Tuesday, 16 August 2011 12:44 PM

    very true Hemantha, it is only very few people shout and dance, but there are a vast majority who like RW but are silent. that is the nature of UNPers. they are silent but are not foolish. idiots will shout and dance but wise will vote at the correct time.

    sajitha Tuesday, 16 August 2011 12:41 PM

    most ????

    ALIBI Tuesday, 16 August 2011 12:53 PM


    Sue Tuesday, 16 August 2011 12:53 PM

    You are for sure one of MR's men who knows that as long as Ranil is opposition leader MR will be president for ever.

    NAIDE Tuesday, 16 August 2011 12:55 PM


    SINGAPORE CHARLIE Tuesday, 16 August 2011 12:58 PM


    Sue Tuesday, 16 August 2011 12:56 PM

    I think its best for the UNP to stop taking part in elections. Don't submit nominations, don't do anything until you get your act together. Another election means another loss and another chance for the present corrupt regime to tell everyone how all the people are with them and how very powerful they are.

    thusitha Tuesday, 16 August 2011 01:04 PM

    I am everybody’s leader: Ranil

    dawalda ??????

    Javi Tuesday, 16 August 2011 01:05 PM

    What a joke! ha! ha!

    thusitha Tuesday, 16 August 2011 01:10 PM

    I am everybody’s leader: Ranil
    Dawalda ???

    Kalum Tuesday, 16 August 2011 01:14 PM

    Dhana , yes yes we must all put our handsup and give this eternal looser another chance , with a leader like him at at Helm not even Gods can save UNP. its pity people like you dont understand it , get real man !

    Sue Tuesday, 16 August 2011 01:09 PM

    There's no one suitable to be the leader of the UNP right now. Karu is not strong enough and does not have charisma. Sajith is only half baked and not decisive, while Ranil, though he knows it all; does not have leadership qualities and he's also arrogant. The only person suitable to challenge MR is in jail and that's why he's kept there. So just forget about winning elections any time in the future.

    Kalum Tuesday, 16 August 2011 01:15 PM

    what strongness ??? he is fighting to be at the top to complete the destrction of the party which he has been destroying for pat so many years

    Tom Tuesday, 16 August 2011 01:21 PM

    His Name should read as "Mahinda Ranil Rajapakse"

    sinnan Tuesday, 16 August 2011 01:24 PM

    Honorable..Ranil Wickramasighe is one of the gentleman politician in our Generation after Hon Dudley Senanayake.But now he cannot compete with these crooks and criminals who are leading our nation as politicians.Everyone in politics wants to earn money & Authority power only.
    No one bothered about its citizens and the future of our nation.

    Wasantha Tuesday, 16 August 2011 01:34 PM


    Ranjit Silva Tuesday, 16 August 2011 01:36 PM

    Only Ranil considers himself everybody's leader. We know how he behaved when Gamini Dissanayake was contesting the Presidential election. Nobody else but he should go.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Tuesday, 16 August 2011 01:37 PM

    First the so called reformists clamoured for amendments to the party constitution providing for election of the leader. But when the actual election came, the leader of the reformists got cold feet and opted to accept an insignificant position called "co-deputy leader" as he had no guts to contest for the leadership knowing very well what his fate would be. Now that Ranil has been elected as the leder by the working committee as per the constitution, it is right for him to continue until the next election is due. Those who are now in a hurry to take over leadership should wait for their chance, and that is the way it should work in when it involves party discipline.

    Suganth Tuesday, 16 August 2011 01:44 PM

    Ranil you are not a leader, but you are the most trusted man of MR after his brothers.

    Bimal Tuesday, 16 August 2011 01:45 PM

    Dear mr Ranil Wickramasighe, We know you are a genuine person. Please listen to the people of this country and take the post of Oppesition leader leaving UNP leader ship to others. I think you are not selfish to destroy our Grand party. UNP should be there and must able to convince the village people of this country that the leadership is caring them. Get example Mr JRJ. He managed his team nicely. He became president by using Mr R Premadasa, Lalith , and gamini. Under your leadership howmanyUNPers left the party. We need a change. If you don't listen., peole will refuse you and UNP both.

    weerasuriya Tuesday, 16 August 2011 01:49 PM

    Mr Ranil is correct. As a well organised organisation has the procedure to follow do any changes but Sajith and his team is so hurry to get the leader ship with short cut. Even the results of the party is same and some time worst. Sajith wants to implement his fathers policy and all the Srilankan are knew that how he worked with Larans mafia etc.

    nagasena Tuesday, 16 August 2011 01:57 PM

    Atta boy, Ranil!

    These fellows go behind popularity forgetting the founding principals of our great party. You go ahead, we are there to back you up.

    benett Tuesday, 16 August 2011 02:00 PM

    Di dhe mean "everybody's looser"? Yeah, that's it. Go prove yourself as party leader - then maybe we can talk about a come back in some years...

    Leslie Tuesday, 16 August 2011 02:03 PM

    In today's context Ranil is the only person who is fit to be the party leader. The others who are making a big noise are opportunists, and Karu who is being put forward is an opportunist as well as a turn-coat as his record proves. In them
    there appears to be a hidden agenda to dismember the UNP for the benefit of the party in power. There will be only one party rule thereafter as in China, Libya, Russia etc who have been befriended in the recent past.

    lokka Tuesday, 16 August 2011 02:10 PM

    hello.......if u are a leader, u should hv the ability to change or improve the party progress. But, every election the party reputation declining rapidly. Where is your strategic leadership to "every body"? Ranil...without wasting your time and our money act as a leader and hand over the party leadership to a leader who can handle the party as well as people of this country (Sri lanka)

    human Tuesday, 16 August 2011 02:11 PM

    yes ranil your are leader to keep mahinda regim in power for a longtime if you go mahinda will go . modaya ranil pls go away pls

    MagodisThuma Tuesday, 16 August 2011 02:14 PM

    You are nobody's leader !

    wijeratne weerakkody Tuesday, 16 August 2011 02:09 PM

    Ranil is the surving factor for the ruling party since the days of Chandrika.

    Harsha Weerasuriya Tuesday, 16 August 2011 02:25 PM

    you could not lead yourself out of the door.. when needed.. how pray can you even imagine in your wildest dreams that you have a ounce of leadership qualitites....
    I guess a buffalow in a heard has more leadership sense.

    A Nizam Tuesday, 16 August 2011 02:31 PM

    The JOKER OF THE CENTURY. Go home you shamless loser. You are NO ONEs leader. YOu are MRs agent in the UNP trying to destroy it.

    thushi Tuesday, 16 August 2011 02:33 PM

    hooray Ranil. You must continue to be the lifetime leader of UNP. All true UNPers are fully tightly behind you.

    Prof Wickramatillake Tuesday, 16 August 2011 02:35 PM

    Like hell!! why cant you win a single election, if so?

    Thomas Tuesday, 16 August 2011 02:41 PM


    anura athapattu Tuesday, 16 August 2011 02:36 PM

    whether it is Ranil, Karu or Sajith, the president's popularity will be there for sometime, and the way the the government is running today, it will take some time for any opposition party to defeat the government. Ranil is a gentleman, and as the government loses popularity, he will be able to gain momentum. If anyone thinks the problem is at the top, it is wrong.

    Appuhamy Tuesday, 16 August 2011 02:47 PM

    You imagine you are "everybody"s leader because you haven't looked behind to see if "anybody"s following you! Its better to turn around and walk backwards - because that's the direction that suits you and you can then see that "nobody"s following you!

    Sujeeva Tuesday, 16 August 2011 02:42 PM

    What baffles me is that this man is not one bit interested in winning an election...he just plays along putting up a show at every election, he doesn't want to make UNP a winning force ..... But just look at the way he is hanging on to the leadership of UNP, he is doing every trick in the book to keep it. My contention is that he is under contract by MR to keep things this way...if one looks at the political situation in SL now, MR has the best opposition and he will do what ever to keep Ranil in that position and prevent a strong opposition from emerging. For democracy to prosper we need a good opposition and for that to happen this man must be removed

    Mosh Tuesday, 16 August 2011 02:50 PM


    We are with you always.

    UNP people

    Monkey Boon Wednesday, 17 August 2011 12:55 PM

    Ranil is a leader no doubt but Sri Lankans cannot understand future vision why because they want free food, free houses, free clothes everything free never want to work

    Hash Tuesday, 16 August 2011 09:47 AM

    Not our people's

    hilmy Tuesday, 16 August 2011 02:49 PM

    What happened to our country. Dictators leading the ruling and opposition party.

    Neil Tuesday, 16 August 2011 09:48 AM

    Come on Ranil. You are no body's leader. No UNPer supports you except your caucus.

    DN Tuesday, 16 August 2011 03:05 PM

    Sir, what I can't understand is why you can't understand that 'you can't'

    nikita Tuesday, 16 August 2011 09:43 AM

    Kelama PALA

    KAruna Tuesday, 16 August 2011 03:04 PM

    Not to me

    upali Tuesday, 16 August 2011 09:45 AM

    You are a ladder for the ruling party.

    Anthony Tuesday, 16 August 2011 03:13 PM

    its time to change your style and become everybodys darling and not leader.

    watchmen Tuesday, 16 August 2011 09:48 AM

    To be a leader there should be followers. Whos going to follow your footpath Mr Ranil Please understand the reality.

    Kelama Tuesday, 16 August 2011 03:09 PM

    yes, kelama must leave now. SL is not a libya or middle east to retain leadership for life-long time. so leave now.

    Konde Bendapucheenaa Tuesday, 16 August 2011 09:54 AM

    Well Said,

    auto Tuesday, 16 August 2011 09:51 AM

    Ladies are leaders

    fazeel Tuesday, 16 August 2011 03:19 PM

    ur are not a leader.You are a joker.People in rural area consider
    u as joker.Please step a side from leadership,you are a disgrace to this one time giant political party.

    Punchi Putha Wednesday, 17 August 2011 09:16 AM

    Dear Ranil,

    Do you remember saying that you will give "CHEWING GUM" to people who Chew Beetle & Gold Bracelets and Chains for the Youth, on a Political Meeting. I still remember even though I was young at that time. What kind of a leader will say something like this which is totally unpractical? and who is this "Everybody"? Everybody I speak to about you, want you to step down as Leader of the party while you have the Dignity & Respect.

    Yours Truly
    Punchi Putha

    Paul Tuesday, 16 August 2011 09:52 AM

    Worst than Supper Glue.

    Minister Tuesday, 16 August 2011 09:58 AM

    A leader must have followers also!

    misunderstood Tuesday, 16 August 2011 09:53 AM

    Sir if you are right then many elections would have been won and no dissents could be in the party. take the model in India's congress party. Sonia being the leader but PM is Dr Singh. You have definite role to play.

    musthafa Tuesday, 16 August 2011 10:01 AM

    God father?

    jayantha Tuesday, 16 August 2011 09:57 AM

    Everybody´`s mean´nobody´s.

    Fazlan Tuesday, 16 August 2011 09:57 AM

    Yes, U are the ever worst leader of UNP

    Sri Minnal Tuesday, 16 August 2011 09:59 AM

    Ranil, you are a wonderful and honest guy. But we need a change to take this country forward and for this reason only we want you to go and handover the leadership to a new leader.

    Hasan Tuesday, 16 August 2011 10:05 AM

    How can we accept what you are telling sir? No one throughout SL like to see UNP anymore under your leadership as you have failed to secure a single victory in an election over the years, instead you have destroyed the spirit of members and fans. You are behaving in an authoritative way creating more and more frictions in the party. We accept you are a great politician but not a good leader. Please leave your seat otherwise only you'll remain in the party.

    Rajapaksha Tuesday, 16 August 2011 03:49 PM

    who are you?

    Kiri Berty Tuesday, 16 August 2011 10:00 AM

    Pooda Ranil......Pooda Ravi

    janathaputhra Tuesday, 16 August 2011 10:06 AM

    Koheda yanne malle pol! Mr Ranil Please leave!

    tablet Tuesday, 16 August 2011 10:07 AM

    Well said. Straight forward.

    Fayad Tuesday, 16 August 2011 10:10 AM

    Keep it up, This will help MR to continue for another term.
    time to come UNP will lose the opposition leader post as well.

    sparks Tuesday, 16 August 2011 10:10 AM

    I thought he was insane, but now he also has a bloody thick skin like MR.

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