Preserving UNP unity

Three UNP senior MPs namely John Amaratunga, Joseph Michael Perera and Dr. Jayalath Jayawardene will meet the party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe today for a discussion where the trio is to stress the need for preserving unity in the party while understanding the ground realities.

Party sources told Daily Mirror that today’s discussions would be a beginning of a series of discussions aimed at preserving unity of the party and to implement the necessary reforms in the party successfully.

It was reported that the trio would have further discussions with both Mr. Wickremesinghe and Hambantota District MP Sajith Premadasa in the future.

When inquired by the Daily Mirror Dr. Jayawardene who confirmed the meeting said they will not allow any one to divide the party+. He said the party machinery would be used to the maximum to take on the government at the coming local government election. “We can perform well if we bring about unity in the party soon,” he said.

It was also reported that reformists also promoting negotiations will all sections of the party to get wide support for the future of the party.

Discussions have been taking place during the last week between the reformist group led by MP Premadasa and Deputy Leader Jayasuriya.  It is learnt that Mr. Jayasuriya is to brief Mr. Wickremesinghe on his meeting with the reformists. (Yohan Perera)

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