Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe today said that there was a threat to his life and to the UNP from certain elements as seen by the violence at Sirkikotha yesterday.
Wickremesinghe addressing a media briefing showed a large stone which he had picked up at Sirikotha. “This is the rock that hit the UNP. I brought it here today to show you. This was an act against the UNP. No UNPer would have done this,” the Opposition leader said.
He said although he had spoken on safeguarding media freedom on behalf of the media there was need now for the protection of the party from certain media groups. During the media briefing Wickremesinghe handed over the stone to the journalist from the media group in question requesting him to give the rock to the Chief of the organisation.
He said there was an on-going police investigation on the violence at Sirikotha and that certain people were arrested. He thanked the media at this point stating that evidence from media coverage had been useful in the investigations.
The damage to Mr. Wickremesinghe’s government vehicle has amounted to Rs.500,000 and the damage to General Secretary Tissa Attanayake’s vehicle was over Rs.1 million, he said. In addition there has been damage to computers at the Sirikotha office, the Buddha statue and that even the party logo has been removed from the premises.
“This media group showed a live telecast of yesterday’s attack. Why is that? They were also there when the Prelates of the Malwatte Chapter and others handed over letters pertaining to the party leadership. This organisation was the only one present at the time. Why is that? There must be some kind of conspiracy,” he said.
Speaking on the vote for the party leadership Wickremesinghe said the UNP should now move forward. “I am thankful; to those who voted for me as well as those who voted for Karu Jayasuriya as we have to work together in our greater campaign against the government. We need everyone’s support including those at grass-roots level to do it,” he said. He said there will be no change in the party constitution next year. (Olindhi Jayasundere)
Pix by Nisal Baduge
Comments - 16
dinesh Tuesday, 20 December 2011 11:37 AM
Ranil is a threat for future of Sri Lanka
DHA Tuesday, 20 December 2011 11:39 AM
Don't worry Sir your Brother will protect you for life.....
Gihan Tuesday, 20 December 2011 11:55 AM
If you want to protect UNP, Plaese go Mr.Wickramasinghe
Mohamed Tuesday, 20 December 2011 11:58 AM
It looks like even Karu has voted to Ranil!!!
Mahit Tuesday, 20 December 2011 12:01 PM
.R.W.must have picked up this rock by the wayside, I do not believe this
Jamis Banda Tuesday, 20 December 2011 12:06 PM
You don't even know what the real threat is sir - that only we know.
Mahit Tuesday, 20 December 2011 12:11 PM
Do not worry MR will give Ranil & Tissa better cars ? a
acs hameed Tuesday, 20 December 2011 12:06 PM
ranil please go home mr r help you
kondebendapucheena Tuesday, 20 December 2011 12:10 PM
Please take care of yourself we Need you as a Good Opposition Leader for many more years to come
H.Samarasinghe Tuesday, 20 December 2011 12:16 PM
Maithree Gunaratne claims that Executive Committee is "Hora Executive Committee " appointed by Ranil. How can it elect Sajith to the post of Deputy Leader if it is Ranil's "Hora Executive Committee". This type of persons should chase out of the Party. We can remember how Hema Premadasa behaved when Hon. Ranasinghe was in Power. People know these things.She cannot fool public.- Sam from old political field.
makalu Tuesday, 20 December 2011 12:21 PM
RW is the only leader in the country who can, one day, bring the country to the prosperity. He has the patient,knowledge and experience to do so. In Sri Lankan history he is the only leader who has come out from a Sri Lankan University. He does not change his image,just shifting to white national suite with a plate of flowers. It takes further time for Sri Lankan to realize him.
Ratnasiri Tuesday, 20 December 2011 12:25 PM
First damage to the party was done by Sajith's father, when he got rid of leaders like Lalith and Gamini with one million votes. UNP is yet to recover from that loss. UNP does not need another Premadasa Jr to do further damage.
Tharaka Chanaka Tuesday, 20 December 2011 12:28 PM
clearly the stone missed its target...
wernie Fernando Tuesday, 20 December 2011 12:34 PM
A comment on this incident is not that difficult.It was a very bad incident .It shouldn't have taken place.It shows our police is powerless or afraid,or some hidden hand has been very active since some time back.The CID should take over the investigation and reveal the culprits to all of us.
Abeygunaratna Tuesday, 20 December 2011 12:33 PM
It is clear now why RW hangs on. Because he has the majority support from the core UNP. Although there is vociferous opposition to him the silent majority seems to be with him. .
Nodrog Tuesday, 20 December 2011 12:47 PM
take the hint and leave. The supporters hate you and its what they want that should matter. Its not the working committee that votes for the UNP at elections
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