Sathyagraha: Reformist

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UNP reformists while questioning the legality of the working committee meeting scheduled for today, called on all members of the party to participate in a Sathyagraha that is to be held at their Party headquarters tomorrow afternoon.

UNP Reformist MP Ranjith Madhuma Bandara told a news conference today that the proposed Sathyagahra would be a first step towards putting the party in the winning track. The Sathyagraha is to be held at 2pm near Sirikotha tomorrow.

Mr. Madduma Bandara explained that unity in the party is the most essential factor today and it is the common belief that Deputy Leader Karu Jayasuriya is the best person to achieve it on behalf of the UNP.

Responding to an argument that the party leader and the opposition leader had to be the same person, he said those who come out with this opinion is not aware of history as there was an instance where the late J. R. Jayewardene became the opposition leader in 1970 while thelate Dudley Senanayake remained as the party leader.

Reformist MP Sujeewa Senasinghe said both posts should be given to Mr. Jayasuriya if it is the case that they should be held by the same person.

Mr. Senasinghe said they would also lobby for the appointment of party strongman Imitiaz Bakeer Marker as the party’s mayoral candidate for the Colombo Municipal Council at the coming local government election.

MP Rosy Senanayake who also participated in the news conference said the party’s vote base will be reduced to less than 20 percent if it is not organised in a proper manner to face elections. Ms. Senanayake recalled that the party suffered defeats at the last elections as the campaign machinery was not planned in the desired manner. (Yohan Perera)

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  • Imran Hussein Tuesday, 16 August 2011 10:26 AM

    This is like a boring neverending TV serial. Anti- climax At the end.

    Ewugina Hami, Gandar Tuesday, 16 August 2011 10:39 AM

    UNP seniors like JOHN and Joseph are devils. We request Mr Gamini Jayawickrama perera to Joid hands with commen man.

    shehan mareen Wednesday, 17 August 2011 02:18 AM

    these pupperts are helping the government. sujeewa crying because of ravi. mr tipex from monaragala cant doanything. we are with ranil because he is real leader with a vision

    Lal Tuesday, 16 August 2011 12:35 PM

    Ranil made many blunders all whom he appinted are failures they all ranaway back to MR side. now RW him self can go to MR side..

    AALAYA DASA Tuesday, 16 August 2011 12:46 PM

    YES, WHO KNOWS EVEN IF KARU BECOMES LEADER, WHAT IS TO PREVENT HIM DOING ANOTHER SOMERSAULT ?

    I Hussein Tuesday, 16 August 2011 08:05 AM

    This is like a neverending TV serial without climax.

    KAITHAN Tuesday, 16 August 2011 08:15 AM

    THESE PERSONS OF DUBIOUS REPUTE ARE REALLY PUPPETS ON STRINGS DANCING TO THE 'MAHARAJA' TUNE AND ACTING IN COHORT WITH THE HIDDEN AGENDA OF THOSE WHOSE INTEREST IS DESTRUCTION OF WHAT IS REMAINING OF THE UNP.

    Cynic Tuesday, 16 August 2011 08:14 AM

    The Royal College motto says Disce aut Discede (Learn or depart). Ranil the Royalist has obviously not learnt after 60+ years on this planet. It is time to depart. Already it is too late.

    Gayan Samarasekara Tuesday, 16 August 2011 08:16 AM

    Why not Paba?? She got more preferential votes than Karu from Gampaha..

    Srilal Tuesday, 16 August 2011 08:33 AM

    These so called reformists should be chased away from UNP...they do not have the back bone to speak in front of RW and agitate outside further deterirating the vote base...wonder whether these reformists were able to win their own seats in elections...

    Calistus Jayatilleke Tuesday, 16 August 2011 02:06 PM

    Why "Satyagraha"? Why cant the so called reformists all launch a "Fast unto death". Maybe, they can appoint Gel Wimal as a consultant!

    Dilrukshi Tuesday, 16 August 2011 09:12 AM

    Ranil should be the leader cos other members such as Sajith, Rosy, Thalatha & others cannot solve their problems within the party.

    Fayad Tuesday, 16 August 2011 09:19 AM

    Sathyagraha will not work try some "Dummala"

    Ajith Tuesday, 16 August 2011 09:51 AM

    Rather wasting the energies to replace Ranil as the party leader, use those to play as a team to win the elections.Its not Only the Ranil, you are all the reasons for the downfall of UNP. Karu crossed over with the UNP MP's and from there on wards UNP never rose again...Even if Karu is given party leadership, UNP will not be united..there would be Ravi faction, Ranil Faction, and who know s what other factions...first u all get united...

    Hasan Tuesday, 16 August 2011 10:10 AM

    ranil get lost from UNP without ruining the party anymore

    Nadan Tuesday, 16 August 2011 10:11 AM

    Why these camps! for personal gains when their man becomes leader? Young men, do not make leadership a big issue.True loyalists never bother about personal gains. do not want any split in the party and are silent.

    Ranil as party leader has failed in his duties. Karu is the best for another decade. So discuss matters amicably and give Ranil a responsible position. Throwing him to street will lose party thousands of strong votes.

    Ravi is a man with a backbone.He defied the orders of Ranil for the welfare of the party supporters.If S.B.could be the party's National Organizer,why is he not suitable?.

    Don't drag religions or petty difference.The country is in danger.,all are in a bad wicket. Get advice of matured Citizens,senior U.N.P'ers and the Clergy before resorting to foolish decision. Colombo Municipality is sinking and stinking . Imitiaz is the best choice.from any party..


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