UNP MP Rosy Senanayake today said, it is puzzling that the performance of her party, especially compared to the results of 2006, has deteriorated further. Ms. Senanayake made this point with regard to the UNPs performance at the local government election held on Saturday.
The UNP MP who had been lobbying for reforms within UNP said her party had lost strong holds such as Minuwangoda and Trincomalee while the overall percentages tell their own story. “Such a situation is unprecedented and it is clear that the policies and strategies of the party have had an undeniable role in this unmitigated disaster,” she said
Ms. Senanayake said the ‘wait-and-see’ attitude and the indecisive and ill-thought out policies of the party leader have played a significant role - and as such, it is a time for the buck to stop passing. “The party leader must accept responsibility and must look within himself as to how such a verdict was given by the voter against all commonsense thought,” she added.
She said it is with considerable anticipation that party stalwarts, such as herself, awaited the results of Saturday’s provincial council elections. At a time when incompetent and corrupt practices of the government such as the hedging deal disaster, blatant corruption and disregard to essential safety in selling contaminated fuel are damaging the country - and at a time the cost of living keeps escalating. UNP MP said it would have been a time to see a positive benefit for the main opposition party, the UNP.
She pointed out that once proud and unshakable block vote of die-hard UNPers has eroded to such an extent that when it comes to voting, despite their loyalty, they stay away or make other choices.
“It is also clear to all within the party mainstream that the resolve of those who voted for that party for generations has collapsed and that they say in one voice that the leadership must produce results - or at least some gains - in an indicative election of this nature,” she added.
She warned that the day the UNP ignore the grass root responses and fail to take the necessary actions, it will slide further into ignominy.
Ms. Senanayake said in a democracy, the role of the opposition is a significant one where it has to guide the government in the correct path, exposing and fighting irregularities and personal whims and such corrections must be sustained and committed and not half-heated and symbolic
She charged that the party had given up on issues that are vitally important, especially on constitutional changes and corruption, where commitment from the leader has been sadly lacking in forcing the executive to change
“It is clear that we have failed in our task in representing our people from a positioning of strength due to many unhealthy relationships and a give-and-take attitude that favour a few,” she added while pointing out that time has come for those at the helm of the party to do what is right and to accede to the wishes of the UNP voter.
The current Leaders of UNP has destroyed the party. Smart people see it but you can't ! Explains a lot
Dinithi Sunday, 24 July 2011 12:05 PM
Just give the damn leadership to Sajith. If he loses the next election so what? You will anyway lose with Ranil. There is nothing to lose for UNP. Ranil is a good administrative politician but not a leader. He will never win again in Sri Lanka.
Tharaka Chanaka Sunday, 24 July 2011 12:05 PM
I think opposition leader jumped over the fence indirectly
pissu Sunday, 24 July 2011 12:23 PM
what makes you think that Sajith is a good leader?
Jeff Monday, 25 July 2011 02:35 AM
And, thanks to people like her, the "Truth" is happening.
devaka Monday, 25 July 2011 02:54 AM
The hapless leader is taking the party to total annihilation
pachaya Monday, 25 July 2011 03:13 AM
Why don't you remove your face mask and do some active work to support the UNP to get back to power.
Kalani Raja Monday, 25 July 2011 03:58 AM
First of all your party needs some guidance in regards to the correct path.
arajohanna ranatunga Sunday, 24 July 2011 03:17 PM
Sajith a good leader. The father showed how good a leader he was. So be careful everybody.
athula Monday, 25 July 2011 05:03 AM
Beauty is Only skin deep.
Fayad Monday, 25 July 2011 05:09 AM
But high time Ranil to resign and appoint a new leader. "Sake of the party".
Fayad Monday, 25 July 2011 05:12 AM
Very true, Ali
Raj K Monday, 25 July 2011 05:12 AM
Well said. Hit the nail on the head
Manujer Monday, 25 July 2011 05:25 AM
There must be democracy in the party before anything else. That is the issue and that's what Ranil dislikes.
Gamarala Monday, 25 July 2011 04:11 PM
Yes, but Ranils problem is he cant convince the people what you have written.
Mayu Sunday, 24 July 2011 05:44 PM
Wot Anarkali knows? wot Paba knows?? above all, wot our cabinet ministers have done so far??
Mayu Sunday, 24 July 2011 05:45 PM
What makes you think he is not??
Rosh Sunday, 24 July 2011 10:09 AM
She has spoken the truth!
Mathew Sunday, 24 July 2011 10:21 AM
Because of people like you in the party.
Ali Yaka Sunday, 24 July 2011 10:26 AM
Yes it is the mistake of the leader to let a 'woman' like you become an MP. Disgrace. What have you achieved in life other than becoming a beauty queen? What do you know about Policies & Politics? Go and get a life Rose!
Konde Bendapucheena Sunday, 24 July 2011 10:29 AM
You are talking about UNP result isn't
mad dog Sunday, 24 July 2011 10:36 AM
well said gorgeous!! ranil uncle has to go.
suba Sunday, 24 July 2011 10:43 AM
Oh really !!!!!!!!
dias Sunday, 24 July 2011 10:46 AM
Jumping is better, for another 20 years no chance more to join be the first and be first
jeena madam Sunday, 24 July 2011 10:47 AM
Good only for restaurant business.
dias Sunday, 24 July 2011 10:48 AM
Now let him be the FM for the moment
Fairose Sunday, 24 July 2011 10:56 AM
Ranil and Ravi must go
Ali Yaka Sunday, 24 July 2011 10:56 AM
and Daily Mirror won't publish when I talk the truth? Why not publish my previous comment? I don't mind you all editing the 'harsh' parts but make my view get established in this forum.
Ace N Sunday, 24 July 2011 11:02 AM
Fully agreed with Ms Rosy view and its the truth. Hon R.W. its time to take a serious decision and call it a day.
Tilak Monday, 25 July 2011 12:41 PM
Every body know that there is a two group so who is going to vote such a party. We know what Mr. Sajith father did during his period.
tommy Sunday, 24 July 2011 11:14 AM
ranil is in london haha
amahl Sunday, 24 July 2011 11:10 AM
tussle between sajith and ranil must stop,they should show REALunpers that party is UNITED NATIONAL PARTY,NOT RANIL;S PARTY OR SAJITH;S PARTY
pissu Sunday, 24 July 2011 11:11 AM
Sajith, Ranil, Ranjith, Thalatha, Ravi and you pull the UNP unity to all directions. The genuine unpers are so upset and confused with what to do. When the party leaders are behaving like kids and fight among themselves, this will be result for long years to come. UNP will never rise up if this kind of silly, idotic behaviour continues. HOW COULD YOU PEOPLE LEAD A COUNTRY AND FIND ETHNIC SOLUTIONS WHEN YOU CAN'T EVEN FIND PEACE AMONG YOURSELVES? SHAME ON YOU PEOPLE
dias Sunday, 24 July 2011 11:26 AM
Or woman no cry singer bob had said
C.K.Lankaputhra Monday, 25 July 2011 01:06 AM
We fully agree that Ranil should go, bur Sajith is definitely not the fitting successor.
Manura Monday, 25 July 2011 01:03 AM
She is planing to jump.
Athulathmudali Monday, 25 July 2011 08:09 AM
Ranil is not the problem. Our people are badll misled by Boru deshapremithwaya of this corrupt goverment.
Mayu Sunday, 24 July 2011 11:31 AM
because of village boys like you.
GonAliya Sunday, 24 July 2011 11:31 AM
Cosmatics babies cannot cannot serve the public evavn for SOBANA
Athulathmudali Monday, 25 July 2011 08:13 AM
Ranil is far superior leader than Mahinda. However Mahinda can satisfy the gallery of this country.
Anver Sunday, 24 July 2011 11:33 AM
Only two choices. Make complete overhaul of UNP or all progressive, free thinking, corrupt-free individuals and intellectuals come foward to form altogether a new party. I will be the first to join.
Raj Sunday, 24 July 2011 11:35 AM
Tell me how election meetings & campaigns you have participated? (leave alone leading a campaign) how many voters you able to muster? NONE. Leaders only will not bring victory, party carders MUST work for leaders. I have lost faith on UNP. You go down and work for the party and keep your fights in side the party wall. DO NOT EXHIBIT your personal issue to masses. UNP LOST DUE TO YOUR SAD AND SORRY ATTITUTE. Nothing wrong on leader but people like you
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