I did not betray the party members: Karu

2013-11-05 13:37:38

UNP Leadership Council Chairman Karu Jayasuriya today denied allegations that he had betrayed party members.

“People are at liberty to hold their own opinions on this appointment. The Chairmanship of the Council was given to me like all the previous posts. I did not ask for it,” he told a news conference today.

He said if he wanted to betray the party he would not have contested Mr. Wickremesinghe to the party leadership.

The Leadership Council members said the council has been granted powers over 19 party matters including that of appointing members to the UNP working committee.

Leadership council member and General Secretary Tissa Attanayake said that members to the next Working Committee would be appointed by the Leadership Council.

He said UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe would be appointed the party’s National Leader and would continue to function as the Opposition Leader.

“He will be in charge of parliamentary affairs and have the power to negotiate with other political parties as well,” Mr. Attanayake said.

He said UNP front-liner Sajith Premadasa, who refused to be a member of the Council, would be brought back through negotiations. (YP & LSP)


  Comments - 34

  • Lucky Weeramantry Tuesday, 5 November 2013 16:10

    Ranil Should Not Have Any Leadership Powers.That's The Way Forward.

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    Perumal Thursday, 7 November 2013 03:36

    He is not a born leader; he is an appointed leader.

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    dias Tuesday, 5 November 2013 16:14

    We have to wait and see. Only Question is weather this newly appointed council able to achieve the desired goals. It means by next provincial council to get 40% of votes. It is up to the Members and all others to achieve these Targets.

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    Suq Madique Wednesday, 6 November 2013 04:54

    This council is packed with Ranil's 'yes-men' so he ultimately controls it indirectly.

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    Manel Wednesday, 6 November 2013 01:29

    If you side with Ranil you too are doomed. With Ranil UNP may be there but it can never win elections and this will be for Gen Fonseka's advantage.

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    raza Wednesday, 6 November 2013 01:41

    UNP is not Ranil or Sajith, or Sri Kotha but should be a party of Firm Policies. If there is no policy there is no party. Thanks for Sajith and Maithri for destroying the party a continuation of what R Premadasa did by knocking Gamini and Lalith.

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    Past Wednesday, 6 November 2013 02:18

    how can you say that, you left UNP and ran away. when you did not get you wanted came running back.

    How do you term it.

    Past Mistake is Lessons in LIfe. But people like us find it hard to forget. Still Remember Mrs B days where we as school boy had to wait in the Bread Quie at 5 am else no food.

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    bandara Wednesday, 6 November 2013 02:25

    yeah you did not betray the party members, but you betrayed the voters by crossing over to the ruling party for personal benefits

    Reply : 0       1

    Roshan Wednesday, 6 November 2013 02:44

    The results will be no difference as the leadership has not got changed. It's a total farce.

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    Kiris Baba Amaray Wednesday, 6 November 2013 02:58

    You should have come out with Sajith, that is the right thing. Do you want Ranil to occupy his seat longer and face defeat for UNP in the future?

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    Kiris Baba Amaray Wednesday, 6 November 2013 03:02

    First of all make plans to put Ranil out, then we will believe that you are powerful otherwise, you are a dummy.

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    Kiris Baba Amaray Wednesday, 6 November 2013 03:05

    Won't you feel shame of sitting with all corrupted idiots (all the National list guys and all who lost their seats & discarded by the masses)

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    Devaka Wednesday, 6 November 2013 03:11

    Shame on you Karu!

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    Bangi Thursday, 7 November 2013 11:29

    Same old folks of ranils will dance according to his tunes no two words about it this is the end of UNP.

    Reply : 0       0

    Santha Wednesday, 6 November 2013 03:16

    automata council of Ranil....

    Reply : 0       1

    Lucky Weeramantry Wednesday, 6 November 2013 04:50

    Same Old Set Uo. The Council Is Monitored By Ranil. What Everybody Wants Is A Complete Clean Up Without Ranil. Enough Is Enough.

    Reply : 0       0

    citizenJ Wednesday, 6 November 2013 05:07

    Your actions proves your low grade caliber. Another golden opportunity missed by the real UNPers.

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    SADA Wednesday, 6 November 2013 07:19


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    Patriot Wednesday, 6 November 2013 07:20

    The best thing for Karu Jayasuriya to do is to give up politics because he is a timid person who is unable to take a stand with his ruptured backbone.

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    Prof Hemantha Wickra Wednesday, 6 November 2013 07:52

    But you crossed over to MR's regime and took a Ministerial post too? It has left a huge black mark

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    ryan Wednesday, 6 November 2013 16:28

    thats the best thing he did for the country, if not for karu prabha still alive.

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    Justin Fertnando Wednesday, 6 November 2013 07:59

    Is this a drama or Joke ?
    Ranil is a good worker not a good leader.Tell him facts and get his support. Don't criticize him.

    Reply : 0       0

    Devaka Wednesday, 6 November 2013 08:03

    Ranil is a good worker? Please educate us Justin!

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    sinhala modaya Wednesday, 6 November 2013 08:03

    Bottom line is he is another power greedy double talk man who cannot win elections for UNP, after all he was also one of the shameless unpers who went to worship the king at one time when it suited him

    Reply : 0       0

    hks Wednesday, 6 November 2013 11:34

    mama unp ekata drohi wuwa nove ranilge getayata ahuwuna pamani!!

    Reply : 0       0

    acs hameed Wednesday, 6 November 2013 12:05

    karu and co are made fukers dogs

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    Nalla Thambi Wednesday, 6 November 2013 12:28

    Very bad from UNP. Sri Lanka again have a weak opossition.

    Reply : 0       0

    dias Wednesday, 6 November 2013 12:29

    Ranil is deaf against people choice, We must find a alternative solution to this dumbness. We all can vote by next provincial council.

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    Raja Wijeratne Thursday, 7 November 2013 02:20

    If Ranil goes now party will break in to pieces,As you know Sajith is a selfish man. you can check with Hambanthota pradeshiya saba and , Palathsaba members in that area.

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    Nims Thursday, 7 November 2013 02:29

    What is all these talk about. I don't understand. I can remember few decades ago there was a political party of true gentlemen named UNP. later heard that 2 leaders named JR and Premadasa brought thugs to the parliament as MPs and made it a den of Political thugs

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    Mcdonald Thursday, 7 November 2013 02:47

    Without Sajith taking active part in the Leadership council UNP will never be able to attract the vote base in the villages. What happened to the proposals made by the Sangha Saba ? I presume that this too has been swept under the carpet by Ranil's loyalists.

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    Bandu Thursday, 7 November 2013 03:13

    mr.Karu you are too old for politics. Pl get out without making a mess of UNP.

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    Caesar Perera Thursday, 7 November 2013 13:22

    First of all throw that rascal Sajith out. It was his father who started the White Van business. This fellow has the same foul mouth.
    He had not spoken a word on policies in the parliament for 20long years. He attacks Tamils and under cut the party.Kick his arse out of the party. I am with you

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    Aji Thursday, 7 November 2013 15:18

    UNP has to get everybody. Sajith, Karu, Ranil and even last man has his followers. Without getting united how can you unite the opposition. Do not leave Ranil or Karu or Sajith as they all have fair no. of followers.

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