Entire UNP leadership at fault for recent defeat : Mano

23 November 2019 02:15 pm - 9     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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The entire UNP leadership is at fault for the defeat in the presidential elections as the party did not have a strategy and plan to attract more Buddhist votes at the election, a former minister said yesterday.

Former Minister and Leader of the Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA) Mano Ganesan told Daily Mirror that he will not point his finger at the UNP leader alone but would blame the entire party hierarchy for the failure to attract more votes from the majority community.

“It's not only Ranil Wickremesinghe but the UNP hierarchy that is at fault. They were no clear strategy and plan to attract Buddhist votes. More importantly, I said this at the first party leaders meeting after elections too. I said real Buddhism is no threat but a motherly concept for all Sri Lankans,” he said.

Earlier in a Twitter message, Mr Ganesan said he had informed the UNP leadership to work out a strategy to reclaim the confidence of the Buddhists which it had lost over the years.

“I repeatedly reminded UNP leadership at party leader discussions over the last many years, that it had lost the confidence of the Sri Lankan Buddhists and it should work out a strategy to reclaim what it was during the time of late President J. R Jayewardene,” Mr Ganesan said in his latest Twitter message. (Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 9

  • Leo Saturday, 23 November 2019 02:21 PM

    Mano has given up separatist tendencies in the recent past. Join the correct camp and do something for the country.

    Gayan Saturday, 23 November 2019 02:25 PM

    New found love for buddhists all of a sudden. Parliament election looming.

    Anmanpan Saturday, 23 November 2019 02:47 PM

    Totally agree with Mano's opinion. The UNP led last government did nothing for 4 1/2 years. All they did was import duty free luxury cars and nurse the 225 MPs. They did not bring to book even a single looter and a killer. For this Ranil and is cronies have to take full responsibility. A man with two passports in now a minister. What a joke. Please vote JVP at the general elections.

    Anmanpan Saturday, 23 November 2019 02:51 PM

    I agree and disagree with you. I agree with Mangala as what he said was inline with the Buddhist philosophy. We do not want Sri Lanka to be a state dictated by a delusion.

    Manu Saturday, 23 November 2019 02:54 PM

    No!!! It was damn people like you and RW. It is the big curse of RW. He must be thrown ourt of UNP. He is a damn failure.

    Appu Saturday, 23 November 2019 03:27 PM

    You are not a UNP member. Don't blame the party for your fault. UNP leader wanted to contest in the election. But you didn't allow and allowed the inexperienced person to stand in the election

    Max Saturday, 23 November 2019 04:06 PM

    No one can fool buddhists by acting like buddhist . They need to be genuine and stop criticism of buddhist monks.

    Anoosh Monday, 25 November 2019 12:31 PM

    Including YOU as well.

    Adrian Saturday, 30 November 2019 06:08 AM

    Please Ranil goooooooooooooooooooooooooooo


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