UNP suspends membership of Sajith and 98 others

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The United National Party (UNP) working committee today approved the suspension of the party membership of its deputy leader Sajith Premadasa and 98 other former ministers, MPs, provincial councillors and organizers.

Former MP Ruwan Wijewardene told journalists that the membership of 99 UNPers will be suspended pending their explanation letters on their decision to contest from another party.

Among the seniors, who were suspended are: Sujeewa Senasinghe, Ranjan Ramanayake, Lakshman Kiriella, Ajith P Perera, Ranjith Aluvihare, Hirunika Premachnadra, Harsha de Silva, Ranjith Madduma Bandara, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, Eran Wickramaratne, Gayantha Karunatilleke, Mangala Samaraweera, Kabir Hashim, Harin Fernando, Talatha Athukorala and Mayantha Dissanayake

"These members have been suspended on the basis that they defied the party's decision to contest the general election under the elephant symbol," Mr. Wijewardene said adding that the doors were still open for these members to rejoin the UNP.

“Some former MPs and others who joined the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) are talking to party Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, myself and to the Assistant Leader Ravi Karunanayake and expressed their willingness to rejoin. They can re-join any time,” Mr. Wijewardene said.

It was revealed that Mr. Premadasa had not been re-appointed as the deputy leader while other posts including that of Chairman have not been filled. The working committee had approved the appointment of lawyer A.S.M. Misbah as the new Treasurer of the party.

The new Deputy Leader and the Chairman are to be appointed later while Mr. Karunanayake and Akila Viraj Kariyawasma were re-appointed as Assistant Leader and General Secretary respectively while Sandith Samarasinghe, Palitha Thewaraperuma, Ashu Marasinghe , Shanthini Kongahage, Nalaka Kolonna, Chanka Illeperuma and Azmi Tashim have been appointed to the working committee. (Yohan Perera)

 

 

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  Comments - 19

  • Jayadeva Friday, 29 May 2020 12:59 PM

    How many are left in the UNP???? (honest answer pls.!!!)

    Ranjith Friday, 29 May 2020 01:11 PM

    UNP is obsolete political party ,look at SLFP how many changes party has gone through , SLFP symbol changed from Hand to Chair and betel leaf now lotus bud and new name SLPP , UNP have to change their name and symbol , people are fed up its color and elephant symbol.

    Bhatiya Siriwardena Friday, 29 May 2020 01:24 PM

    Ranil, wake up

    Johan Friday, 29 May 2020 01:31 PM

    It is good that 99 have abandoned UNP.How many left overs. We want SJB to be a powerful party to run the Country in the years ahead. People are fed up with UNP ,SLFP ,SLPP, PA .Sri Lanka will witness prosperity with a new leadership which is not far away

    AMP Friday, 29 May 2020 01:34 PM

    Either stick to SJB or return to UNP. Good lesson!!

    ACA Friday, 29 May 2020 01:34 PM

    UNP is digging its own grave, better to get cremated.

    UNPer Friday, 29 May 2020 01:37 PM

    Those who betrayed the party should never be taken back. UNP has a rich history for a long time m, there is no place for traitors Sajith and the clan! They will regret their stupid move !

    Elton Friday, 29 May 2020 01:38 PM

    Ranil n UNP Will be washed out at the next election,Akila will have to join SJB and contest for the Pradeshiya Saba Ha Ha Ha Ha.............

    Menike Friday, 29 May 2020 01:46 PM

    U.N.P will always be the Grand Old Party.

    Kumari Friday, 29 May 2020 01:57 PM

    Navin must Lead the Party now.....

    Hamid Friday, 29 May 2020 06:19 PM

    If leader decides cancer should cut and removed though ots painful that's , his decision but need to find strong,clean individual as national organizer to face election

    Sunil Friday, 29 May 2020 06:23 PM

    I'm sorry those people deserve to be removed. Do they not know what loyalty means?

    Eddie Friday, 29 May 2020 06:29 PM

    Former President Sirisena completely destroyed the SLFP, with his ego for power and handed over a gift to dictators in waiting. The implicated Bond Scammers of UNP is indirectly aiding the dictators to get the absolute power due to internal jealousy of that party. Within a short time people have forgotten the difficulties and misery experienced due to LTTE war and southern insurrection. People should be aware of this scary situation in Sri Lanka. Please don't give power to Junta in disguise.

    Eddie Friday, 29 May 2020 06:29 PM

    Former President Sirisena completely destroyed the SLFP, with his ego for power and handed over a gift to dictators in waiting. The implicated Bond Scammers of UNP is indirectly aiding the dictators to get the absolute power due to internal jealousy of that party. Within a short time people have forgotten the difficulties and misery experienced due to LTTE war and southern insurrection. People should be aware of this scary situation in Sri Lanka. Please don't give power to Junta in disguise.

    Sunil Friday, 29 May 2020 06:47 PM

    UNP badly need of a good leadership right now or never?.

    Bernie Friday, 29 May 2020 07:09 PM

    Manike, grand old party of Sri Lanka is Lanka Sama Samaja Party (1935)

    Roshan samarathunga Saturday, 30 May 2020 02:22 PM

    ASK RANIL TO LEAVE

    Roshan samarathunga Saturday, 30 May 2020 02:54 PM

    1. Genuine people who can run the country for the betterment of the people. The democratic candidate not family candidate. Pure voting, every year recognise genuine leaders. We must take country new direction. Avoid immortal leaders, family affairs on top. Then no corruption

    Uali Sunday, 31 May 2020 06:59 AM

    UNP still to be devided,why non of them on both sides criticize, Central bank robbery, which was the main reason tp the split between Ranil and MS,which led downfall of then government,new group should have to form who are against central bank robbery, who will win the confidence of voters


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