By Jamila Najmuddin
UNP defectors who split from the party in 2006 say that even if Sajith Premadasa or anyone else is appointed as the new UNP Leader, they will not return back to the party noting that the UNP was now deteriorating.
UNP defector and newly appointed Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Dr. Rajitha Senaratna told Daily Mirror online that the problems within the UNP would not fade away even if Premadasa was made the new UNP leader.
“It will make no difference even if Sajith rules. There are too many problems within the party. The damage to the party had already been done. We will never return back to a deteriorating party,” Dr. Senaratna said.
He added that Premadasa’s appointment as the next party Leader would be ‘weak’ as it would take a very long time for the UNP to re-structure and re-organise itself out of a crisis situation. “If a change in leadership is all it takes to end the problems within the UNP, then we would have taken the leadership into our own hands. We wouldn’t have waited for Sajith to be groomed. Sajith’s appointment is going to make no difference,” Dr. Senaratna said.
The possibility of a change in UNP leadership has arisen especially after the humiliating defeat of the party at the recently concluded General Elections.
Several UNP members including senior members have proposed to UNP Leader Ranil Wickramasingha that Hambantota District MP Sajith Premadasa should be appointed as the next leader in order to resolve the problems within the party. (Daily Mirror online)