I Will never leave UNP at any cost: Feroza
Feroza Muzammil, wife of the Mayor A.J.M Muzammil of the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) was not given the ticket to contest for the upcoming provincial elections from the United National Party (UNP) ticket. The news made media attention to the UNP as it may be another sign of showing internal conflict within the party. In a discussion with the Daily Mirror she said that she would not halt the services she has been carried out and will never leave UNP at any cost.
Q: As you see what are the reasons for the non acceptance your nomination?
I am indeed sad over the fact that I did not get nomination. Even the General Secretary of the Party told me that my name is in the top. But I do not know what and why this happened. But I came to know that certain individuals got scared of my entrance to politics. Especially certain female politicians feared that they will lose their positions after seeing the people base around me. They feared that I might even contest for a parliamentary election.
The sole reason for me to seek nomination was the requests made by people in my organization “Kantha Saviya”. It was they who told me that I can extend my services to people if I am elected to the Provincial Council. It was not even my husbands’ request. Had he wanted to bring me into politics he could have done so when the UNP was in power, which he did not do.
Q: Do you think the leadership of the UNP is responsible?
No, I do not blame the party leadership at any time. Even the leadership was upset by the fact that I did not get the opportunity to contest. Leadership is always and has always being with me. I do not blame the leadership for non-acceptance of my nomination.
Q: Would you consider joining another party?
No, I will never leave the UNP. I have formed a women’s organisation named “Kantha Saviya”. I have around 8000 members and also their families around me. I will continue to do the services I have been doing so far.
Q: What is your next political step?
Let the leadership and the party decide.
Q: What is your opinion on women’s’ representation in UNP?
All I can say is a lot more to be done and we have a long way to go.
Q: Even after the non acceptance of your nomination you seem to engage in many social activities. Do you engage in these expecting a political mileage?
If I am to get a political mileage I would have stopped all these activities. In fact I am doing more. With my organisation I have being doing social work for more than five years. I have many people around me irrespective of their religion, caste or class. We render services to people from many backgrounds.
I have been working closely with people who come from underprivileged backgrounds. Even now there are many programmes streamedlined for the rest of the months of the year. I am at the CMC premises every Wednesday from 11 am- 4.00 pm. I do not do these for any payment.
Q: With the recent incidents occurred do you think your husband will get the positions he deserved in the future being a senior member of the party?
He definitely can climb the leadership ladder. He has many people rallied around him and I will give my fullest support to him.