Temple parley to resolve UNP crisis

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United National Party (UNP) Leader Ranil Wickremesighe will meet UNP parliamentarians Karu Jayasuriya and Sajith Premadasa at the Dhammakithyarama Kollupitiya (Polwatte temple) for a meeting facilitated by Venerable Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera.

The meeting to be held on Friday will decide on the party’s future and help iron out differences.

Party sources said several Buddhist monks attached to the Eksath Bikkhu Peramuna are also expected to participate in this meeting.

This move comes in the wake of a suggestion by some party seniors that a supreme executive council headed by Mr. Jayasuriya be set up to set the course for the party’s future. It had been suggested that Mr. Premadasa and MP Ravi Karunanayake should also be included in this council.

This suggestion was reportedly discussed by Mr. Wickremesinghe when he met the Ven. Girambe Ananda Thera in Anuradhapura earlier this week. Venerable Ananda Thera is expected to participate at Friday’s discussions.

The decision to hold the meeting had been made despite the critical statement by Mr. Premadasa when he requested certain party elements not to destroy the party even if they destroyed him.

“You can kill me and destroy me but don’t destroy the UNP which I love so much,” he said in the statement in response to the suggestion that he should contest as the party’s chief ministerial candidate for the Southern Province. (Yohan Perera)
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  • mail_guy Wednesday, 02 October 2013 11:31 AM

    Why don't educated members of the UNP still hold Ranil? He was good but not anymore.

    Kiris Baba Amaray Wednesday, 02 October 2013 11:48 AM

    Ranil you sit on the Box seat and Trying to send Sajith to the Gallery to watch the Film, very UN-fair man.

    Kiris Baba Amaray Wednesday, 02 October 2013 11:53 AM

    RW is playing so many games and trying to Hug the Opposition Leaders Seat forever, but now the time had arrived to destroy that seat owner and his seat. Panni Kadju or Seeni bola cannot be given to our forth-coming President Hon. Sajith Premadasa.

    madiya Wednesday, 02 October 2013 07:22 AM

    Is Ranil such an idiot who cant understand the rejection? I think he has a mental disorder to stay on like a leach sucking the UNP elephant's blood till it dies!!
    Ranil Nikamsinha Ponga, Yanda, go

    madiya Wednesday, 02 October 2013 07:25 AM

    Ane Perera, are you also from the Royal Bakery who has no common scence to understand the reality

    Ukussa Wednesday, 02 October 2013 07:29 AM

    Most of the UNPers are patiently watching what Mangala would be trying next. He has already ruined Ranil's leader ship by naming him as "Mr. Bean". But ironically he himself had to pledge support from Ranil when MR sack him from SLFP.

    Dammika Wednesday, 02 October 2013 12:06 PM

    From the comments can see the way of how people think. And Sajith is screaming to ask the leadership to win the elections ... if anyone has the brains please think ... why does he needs the leadership to bring UNP for victory. As a party member he can support and bring victory .... no one understand He & his mother greedy for power. It will be worst than current regime. Why Karu go in a diplomatic manner ... he understands the need of the hour. Dear UNP voters don't fall into the short sighted group ... you can think wisely by analising the situation. UNP lost Dayasiri also because of Sajith's initial game played against Ranil. MR took advantage of the situation

    willows Wednesday, 02 October 2013 07:30 AM

    hope RW reading all these comments in DM

    KB Wednesday, 02 October 2013 07:34 AM

    what's the bet ? Ranil will make arrangements to send Sobhitha thero also out of sanga

    Hari Wednesday, 02 October 2013 12:20 PM

    better to say Kick OUT

    CHANDRAPALA Wednesday, 02 October 2013 07:45 AM

    The young people do not have any idea about the country's political history. They always take quick decisions without thinking the consequences of their decisions and that is the reason many country's select mature person as their leaders. The Pradesiya Saba members most of whom were young people reported have engaged in many unlawful activities during the recent past. The UNP leader should be selected by the people of this country.

    pujitha Wednesday, 02 October 2013 12:30 PM

    What crisis? If anything it is the country which is facing a crisis, a crisis for the democratic values. The country is ruled by a demagogue who spouts populist nonsense and the people blindly vote for him, mistaking chauvinism for patriotism.

    domino italia Wednesday, 02 October 2013 07:48 AM

    Let RW contest as 'Thief minister' from UPFA of next Western provincial Council election

    Karikalan Wednesday, 02 October 2013 04:36 AM

    Ranil Must Go! He Must Go Now!! Not Tomorrow, not Next week or Month, but Now!!!

    this is the only solution for UNP

    Jagath wettasinghe Wednesday, 02 October 2013 07:56 AM

    Late mr. premadasa started destroy back bench leaders. sajith will do the same.

    mwta Wednesday, 02 October 2013 07:58 AM

    This is a "time buying "tactic by Ranil.

    Anthony Wednesday, 02 October 2013 08:01 AM

    Keep Ranil at home during elections, Sajith & Karu should lead the UNP.. Use Ranil to run the Country after winning elections

    Marcus Wednesday, 02 October 2013 01:06 PM

    My opinion is mr Karu Jayasuriya is ideal one steer the UNP and the country very respected and he is the best.Most important thing is he will not give the leadership for any of his family members as for him a nothing to loose situation.best bet for me.

    ANTON Wednesday, 02 October 2013 02:02 AM


    Roshan Wednesday, 02 October 2013 08:17 AM

    Yes, Ranil divided North by declaring Govt control area and LTTE control area, even officially LTTE had Police station and courts. This is what he did in 2002/2004.

    Kelani Kolla Wednesday, 02 October 2013 08:23 AM

    If Ranil Doesnt leave, set up a new party called New UNP or anything for that matter. all will join including some of the ministers from government itself !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Bishrul Wednesday, 02 October 2013 05:11 AM

    But he is expired now.

    Anton Wednesday, 02 October 2013 01:37 PM

    Hey..I like it.That's the way SL Needs....

    mnsart Wednesday, 02 October 2013 02:49 AM

    There is only one solution... which everyone knows...

    dr ceylon Wednesday, 02 October 2013 08:31 AM

    it is a very good begining.should thank for ven sobitha thero for his assitence for to unp to solve the matters there,which insiders of the p[arty cant do.

    also it is happy to read that very capable leaders of the party such as ravi karunanayaka is in right place.

    only unsuitable thing is karu jayasooriya,who is a party traitor jumped to slfp and came back once they rejected him as a stupid.

    it is better party re organise to the best and all get together to defeat this un democratic,violent and corrupt regime and make the way for the people to have democratic life with peace,prosperity and justice under unp rule.

    Dayasiri Wednesday, 02 October 2013 05:24 AM

    There is another solution. Let Ranil be in UNP and all other leave.

    simple mind Wednesday, 02 October 2013 05:26 AM

    Don't waste your breath on the UNP as long as RW is at the helm.

    CHANDRAPALA Wednesday, 02 October 2013 03:00 AM

    During the days of our ancient kings Maha Sanga came forward to solve the problems in the country.

    Haffie Wednesday, 02 October 2013 08:51 AM

    There is only one immediate solution to the present crisis, that is a change in the party leadership and working committee. Only this will boost the morale of present party supporters and attract more and more new votes.

    Kiris Baba Amaray Wednesday, 02 October 2013 03:01 AM

    Mr. Ranil, no use of holding meetings, only solution is you should get out, in order to bring prosperity to UNP.

    Nihal Wednesday, 02 October 2013 09:05 AM

    I think Ranil should be the leader for the beterment of the country but may be not good for UNP, then SF will get the UNP votes and become the leader of this country and bring back law and order as wll as corrupt free country

    rkfernando Wednesday, 02 October 2013 03:15 AM

    only solution is for ranil to get out. there are no other solutions

    dias Wednesday, 02 October 2013 09:55 AM

    Pl3ease, Please make sajith The UNP Leader and Hon. Mr Ranil Wickramasinghe opposition leader, We want caliber of dayasiri jasekara to be the National organizer ,best choice is young Sujeewa. Bakeer marker should be the party secretary. There should be a few more changes. Do it now or all will leave the UNP.

    nalaka Wednesday, 02 October 2013 03:26 AM

    the only solution is for Ranil to step down. didnt they teach at his school how to accept defeat

    Renu Wednesday, 02 October 2013 10:19 AM

    We get rid of you and the old fossile UNP will be back on track. If one closaely analyse the Election results NCP ios against the Govewrenment. UPFA had lost 3 seats in NWP,and has less voter %, and also in thre CP they have ;lost ground. A formidable opposition with the Bikkus backing will put UNP back on traclk

    Devaka Wednesday, 02 October 2013 06:16 AM

    Ranil will be the party leader forever and the UNP voter base will go down to near zero at the rate it is declining.

    Dr M L Najimudeen Wednesday, 02 October 2013 10:30 AM

    If Ranil Wickramasinghe contests the presidential election in America, he will be the president of United States of America. If he contests in England, he will be the prime minister of England. Unfortunately he cannot win elections in Sri Lanka.
    However I cannot think any candidates other than Ranil Wickramasinghe.

    Padma Wednesday, 02 October 2013 06:24 AM

    Good attempt.. Rev Maduluwawe sobitha thera will do the best we wish all the best

    Sim Wednesday, 02 October 2013 10:37 AM

    UNP is already dead, they will be the 4th force in the next election.

    Grace Wednesday, 02 October 2013 10:40 AM

    After next parliamentary elections all UNPers will join the ruling party. There will be only two options - either RW should follow them or retire from party politics.

    Razmi Thursday, 03 October 2013 09:53 AM

    This is the better solution!!!!!

    Perera Wednesday, 02 October 2013 03:59 AM

    I think Ranil is good brainy, respected by world leaders, cool headed and a leader.

    This is not Ranil's problem. I do not believe in politics as we should earn & eat. The parties will not give us anything and they only take 100% of the country eco.

    Just go back to 2002/2004 during Ranil leadership the country gained many aids, economically and helped by other countries.

    Rakitha Wednesday, 02 October 2013 06:54 AM

    Its simple and no need meetings to mark time.. Ranil should get out!!!!!!!!

    Pradeep Wednesday, 02 October 2013 11:17 AM

    Patching up or taking time will not resolve the problem. Whether we like it or not people need new face as the leader. RW please step-down and give somebody else a chance.

    Premalal Wednesday, 02 October 2013 06:56 AM

    Please BURN a lot of DUMMALA at the meeting.

    Trualf Wednesday, 02 October 2013 11:18 AM

    He Must Go now... Now. for the better future of SriLanka...

    Chandra Wednesday, 02 October 2013 11:24 AM

    The monks should mind their own business and let the politicians to govern the country. First of all they should start cleaning sasanya free of corrupt monks.

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