UNP, Bandara rift deepens

3 June 2010 07:02 am - 16     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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By Kelum Bandara and Indika Sri Aravinda


The rift between the UNP and party member Palitha Range Bandara deepened today with UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayaka saying MP Bandara had not lodged a written complaint over the assault on him recently and Bandara saying a verbal complaint was lodged soon after the incident.

UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake, speaking to reporters this morning said that the party had appointed a disciplinary committee headed by lawyer Asendra Siriwardane to conduct inquires into the assault on MP Palitha Range Bandara. 

Mr. Attanayake said that action would be taken against the culprits based on this committee’s report, and he could not comment on anything other than that as a result. He was responding to a question by the media in this regard. 

However when contacted by Daily Mirror online MP Bandara said that he could not lodge a written complaint as he was in hospital for several weeks following the assault and instead had made a verbal complaint.

Bandara, who was bedridden for several weeks after suffering head injuries following the assault just before the recent General Elections, said that even the UNP General Secretary had visited him in hospital and noted those who were involved in the attack.

Earlier Bandara threatened to leave the UNP or retire from politics if his party colleagues continue to neglect taking action against UNP member Shantha Abeysekara over his alleged involvement in assaulting Bandara. (Daily Mirror online)


  Comments - 16

  • Thursday, 03 June 2010 09:10 AM

    Shame UNP

    Thursday, 03 June 2010 09:18 AM

    GS go home all because of u.

    Thursday, 03 June 2010 09:34 AM

    Why are you awaiting for them take a chance and jump now!

    Thursday, 03 June 2010 09:44 AM

    I don't think that Tissa is doing a good job as a General Secretary. He is just a party spokesman nothing else. Replace him before replacing Ranil or both at the same time.

    Thursday, 03 June 2010 09:46 AM

    OMG! TA wants a written complain for this ? See how ineffective and biased he is (and rest of the current leadership). Hope Sajith will be selected as the leader soon.

    Thursday, 03 June 2010 09:56 AM

    Dont Waste time exchanging letters please take necessary action against the culprits

    Thursday, 03 June 2010 09:59 AM

    where is so called UNP leader ranil wikremasinghe? cant he solve this problem with his international connection

    Thursday, 03 June 2010 07:30 AM

    Tissa Attanayake, For heaven's sake release this guy from the party. You dont need these 3rd grade politicians including Shantha. Bandara is buying time to crossover (probably negotiating a post).
    People are getting fed up with this stale news. Act propmtly in future and make quick decesions without procrastinating matters.

    Thursday, 03 June 2010 07:33 AM

    Entire country knows what happened. Moreover the police records itself is sufficint to initiate diciplinary proceedings.
    This is absurd clearly shows the lapse on the part of the leadership.

    Thursday, 03 June 2010 07:39 AM

    What has happened to UNP ,is it sleeping all the time.Not the leader ,but Tissa Attanayake must resign immediately , paving way for an efficient secretary to take over the duties.

    Thursday, 03 June 2010 07:41 AM

    Do U need a written complaint for this ? It is because of people like Tissa Attanayake UNP is loosing every time. Tissa Attanayake does not have even a mandate , came to Parliament through the List now behaving like a Hero ! Bandara is more valuable to the party than that of tissa Attanayake !

    Thursday, 03 June 2010 07:43 AM

    It seems that our country does not have any other important news to publish

    Thursday, 03 June 2010 07:51 AM

    Even though I had been a strong support of RW in the past I find his conduct as a LEADER a very questionable one due to his silence on this BANDARA issue. As a LEADER of the Group he should have taken up some action on this immidiatley and without allowing this to be a Front Page news every day. I think most agree that this is a sure sign of a weak LEADER and we should not allow this kind of a weak person to lead the Great Party anymore.

    Thursday, 03 June 2010 08:19 AM

    Act promptly and quick decision? You are not talking about present day UNP leaders.

    Thursday, 03 June 2010 08:22 AM

    Please sack shantha abeysekera and tissa attanayake

    Thursday, 03 June 2010 08:41 AM

    Hey Tissa you shame to UNP.Please leave from UNP, you are no suitable for our party.unless you leave from UNP we have to take decision as unper whether we support to UNP furthermore.


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