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UNP to undergo significant changes: Harin

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UNP parliamentarian Harin Fernando said today the party would undergo significant changes soon in the wake of the defeat at Saturday’s elections to the three provincial councils.

“Senior party members including the party leader has sought our ideas as to the kind of changes that the party should be subjected to. We hope these changes will be introduced at the next working committee meeting to be held on October 7. A group carrying out contracts on behalf of the government is obstructing UNP attempts to rise up. Unless this matter is resolved, we won’t be able to stand up as a party even if a new leader is appointed”, Mr. Fernando said.

He said Dayasiri Jayasekara’s claim of a possible computer ‘jilmart’ at the provincial council election was proved when marked ballot papers were recovered from a counting centre in Puttalam.

“I congratulate Dayasiri on his victory at a time when members of government and the opposition were trying to undermine his political campaign. I have no personal dispute with him. Whatever I did was with the intention of protecting my party,” he said. (Yohan Perera, Ajith Siriwardana & Naduni Jayasinghe)

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  Comments - 66

  • Mahinda Friday, 27 September 2013 09:35 AM

    Whatever you do please keep Ranil as party leader.

    Kiris Baba Amaray Friday, 27 September 2013 10:57 AM

    Very good comment, its the best.... Yes Ranil has to pack his goods and retire at home and watch the prosperity of UNP with the young guns.

    Kiris Baba Amaray Friday, 27 September 2013 10:55 AM

    Ranil get out !!!!! this is our slogan, and it will be a common slogan forever, until Ranil go out.

    Kiris Baba Amaray Friday, 27 September 2013 10:53 AM

    People will not tolerate further, before he is treated like Mervin Silva at "Rupavahini" he should quit the party and retire soon. Otherwise, with disgrace he has to go home.

    Kiris Baba Amaray Friday, 27 September 2013 10:48 AM

    Having a Joker how can you achieve developments, bull shit.

    Mohamed Friday, 27 September 2013 10:27 AM

    Ranil doesn't have the charisma to run a political party . He just wanted to maintain his family pride by being there. Some body is funding heavily on him and his boys around. You need Manley looking leader not "baba hukung " boys

    Spitfire Friday, 27 September 2013 10:09 AM

    UNP is a Dinosaur. Which does not function as cooperate organisation. Working committee is full of RW cronies. Therefore to what you suggest is near impossibility unless these old cronies give up their rights to the working committee. If they voluntarily give up their rights what you suggest is a very good idea. Having said that will they have the guts to do any thing for UNP to move forward to the 21st century! I don't think so. (I have been a UNPer for over 43 years & will never turn coat)

    UN-Justice Friday, 27 September 2013 10:00 AM

    Dear Harin, not significant it has to be major change! Send Ranil out and appoint Sajith as the UNP leader and see the drastic changes. Definitely UNP will be on winning note from their onwards. Believe me. If not you will be in the same chair and we too will suffer until Ranils final RIP.

    Siri Friday, 27 September 2013 09:52 AM

    Don"t try you can not fill Dayasri's gap.

    Kiris Baba Amaray Friday, 27 September 2013 10:58 AM

    Do it.... but no more Ranil as the leader. OK. Tell this guy to retire from politics, before he becomes a lunatic.

    reh Friday, 27 September 2013 09:28 AM

    Ppl r covered thats y they dont wanna vote for UNP. NIKANG KANDA THAMAI AAASA APEH JANATHAWA

    Herman Friday, 27 September 2013 07:11 AM

    Change the entire set up in the party.Bring in young members.Get rid off the current working commitee and leader

    Jan Chandra Friday, 27 September 2013 07:08 AM

    Oh! Please don't change the leader. He is there for good.

    Steve Friday, 27 September 2013 07:06 AM

    We Need the UNP Back... Lets Youngest get chance to joint as well as well educated to guide them... therefore we see a huge change in the UNP....

    Steve Friday, 27 September 2013 07:03 AM

    My Dear UNP Committee,

    Please change the Leadership of the party them I am surely saying we can see a different government & support for UNP.

    Thomas Ranger Friday, 27 September 2013 06:43 AM

    What happened to Ranil, the Radical Man. I thought he was joining all those supermen when he said this.

    truth Friday, 27 September 2013 06:22 AM

    Yes but he is not suited for Sri Lankan Politics.
    Unless some invasion takes place and Ranil is appointed as the President of this country. He will not be an elected president however much we want him to be...

    Mervin silva Friday, 27 September 2013 06:18 AM

    May be all of them want Sajith! When R. Premadasa was running the country, we all know what Sajith did. He was unsucessful of finding the sword of king Dutugamunu. He is dam against the foreign interference to Sri Lanka because he knows very well what happened at father's time in this country. Who's biggest curse to country Ranil or MR?. I am not suprised about most of these comments. That is the Sri lankan style. They don't analyse anything.

    Kiris Baba Amaray Friday, 27 September 2013 11:00 AM

    Yes, the entire nation wants Ranil Wickramasinghe to get out soon and then only the UNP will prosper.

    Kiris Baba Amaray Friday, 27 September 2013 11:02 AM

    Yes, the final verdict should be - "Ranil Get Out" please.

    Kiris Baba Amaray Friday, 27 September 2013 11:05 AM

    Ranil cannot be matched with anyone as because he is a boneless leader. Now that he has fallen to the bottom, better Not only resigning but also

    fernado Friday, 27 September 2013 01:30 PM

    First make the current leader a supreme leader without Powers, then appoint all parliament members , PC members as well as Pradseya sabaha members to the Executive committee. give them voting rights to choose the leader, Deputy Leader, National Organizer, Party president and Secretary. later the newly appointed Executive committee of 40members can choose with secret ballot rest of the Position. UNP has to change several more things. Mr sajith Premadasa should come to Colombo. Senanayaka family member should appoint to Dadigama. Each electroate should appoint 2Organizers and from this two better one should given the Nominations.

    dias Friday, 27 September 2013 01:47 PM

    I will say one thinf if UNP contest under this leadership winner will be SF and Mara.

    Dilini Friday, 27 September 2013 01:53 PM

    Give sajith and others More authority, Temporary remove Mangala, Ravi K. Thissa ,John,Josph from Executive committee. Ranil too. We need Sujeewa as nationel orgenaizer and Sajith Premadasa to Colombo. Buddika as party secretary would do lot.

    Gamarala Friday, 27 September 2013 02:31 PM

    The UNP needs a complete makeover with young dynamic personalities, the old guard need to step down.

    mnsart Friday, 27 September 2013 02:46 PM


    Dutugemunu1 Friday, 27 September 2013 03:06 PM

    RW thinks that he can win elections with Ravi,John and Joseph .It shows his political knowledge..Idonot think there will be any drastic changes since this man is not giving up

    HiFarzan Friday, 27 September 2013 03:27 PM

    Change the leader first...

    appuhami Friday, 27 September 2013 04:23 PM

    ha ha ha!!!!!!!!!. Are you living in Sri Lanka????????

    chulan Friday, 27 September 2013 04:27 PM

    HIRAN will be the next to go to MR, he shouts to get prominent so that he can get a good quote from MR.
    True UNPs are silent

    Ranil Saturday, 28 September 2013 04:41 AM

    and nothing to say.

    tony Saturday, 28 September 2013 04:47 AM


    Rishard Saturday, 28 September 2013 05:11 AM

    we need a strong opposition party

    MUSLIMS Thursday, 26 September 2013 10:41 AM

    Party need Buddhist leadership , There was a time that we had influence Buddhist leaders like Susil Munasighe / Gamini Jayasooriya /Lalith / Gamini / EL Senanayake ..... .. do we have similar faces in our front today ?

    Haffie Thursday, 26 September 2013 11:14 AM

    Make changes to the leadership and the working committee. Only these changes will put the party on the winning track. Without these changes, UNP is doomed.

    james bond Thursday, 26 September 2013 11:00 AM

    do it

    Sujith Bandara Thursday, 26 September 2013 11:00 AM

    This is the same guy who said the UNP didn't lose the election. Why changes if the UNP hasn't lost its voter base? two tongued or three.
    Different things on different days, little wonder why the UNP lot the 27th. These guys and the leader together can establish another Guinness record

    singing fish Thursday, 26 September 2013 10:57 AM

    U.N.P,need acharismatic leader then only the above party will survive.

    sanath Thursday, 26 September 2013 10:56 AM

    Change the Leadership,I don't know why He is still greedy on this.

    Maha_sudu_sinhalaya Thursday, 26 September 2013 10:56 AM

    ah danda matahak wune ? Only now you remembered ?

    Ranjan Thursday, 26 September 2013 10:54 AM

    Everyone in the UNP have their heads buried in the sand, how may elections have you got to loose to get rid of the leader. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to work that out. Anything short of that is just a case of deluding yourself. Same results.

    Premalal Thursday, 26 September 2013 10:51 AM

    Where is the so called leader anyway? We haven't seen him since the rout.

    Dinesh Thursday, 26 September 2013 11:18 AM

    I complete agree without changing the leadership no point patching, UNP got only 4000 votes in Kurunegala district this indicate the extent of the deterioration.
    The leader is good administrator once you win but for winning he is not the right person. If Ranil is not agreeing to giveup then better all of you leave and either joined the government and get some ministerial posts or leave GENERAL to improve his base and fight with Mahinda .WITH RANIL UNP WILL NOT WIN. All the best for the changes.

    Kasun Thursday, 26 September 2013 10:41 AM

    We can only develop Sri Lanka with RW' s vision

    RanjithT Thursday, 26 September 2013 10:37 AM

    True there should be change in leadership no doubt, but who? The way UNP worked since President Premadasa's death created a leadership vacuum to such an extent there is no natural leader at this moment of time known to the general l public. If UNP is going to change from RW to any other from the present lot mark my word it is going to be a bigger disaster. There will be more infighting and undercutting at the end of the day people will say solution worse than the problem. The best would be to take a honest stock of the situation have a brainstorming session facilitated by a third party professional and come out with a list of strategies on a priority basis. Then tackle the each issue with a definite time scale I am certain that if it is done properly then from the very process a natural leader will emerge, then rally round him. Till then hope for the best.

    Spitfire Thursday, 26 September 2013 10:35 AM

    RW get your retirement skates on go to the yonder as they say. Get the old cronies also to retire - form a elders advisory council as patrons. Let the young blood choose their destiny by electing a leader by majority vote. Once established UNP will be invincible!

    Cracker Thursday, 26 September 2013 10:32 AM

    To solve your issue replace Ranil with Ganasara would be a better chioce.

    Junken Thursday, 26 September 2013 10:22 AM

    There are parties LSSP, CP,UNP,MEP,LP, so on so on

    willows Thursday, 26 September 2013 09:38 AM

    first get rid of the leader and the working committee, without this change nothing can achieve.

    aqh Thursday, 26 September 2013 09:34 AM

    my dear harin just change the leader and get rid of most of the old WC member get the younger ones to take over and start as a new UNP you will see a lot of improvements. otherwise it will be the same old story and in a few years we will have no UNP lets hope for the best

    Aca Thursday, 26 September 2013 09:31 AM

    Most important change that need is leadership and decision making body. Anything else is useless. do not waste time just crossover.

    ananda Thursday, 26 September 2013 11:23 AM

    Dissolve the leadership with working committee. Have a fresh election in fair manner to chose new leader. First democracy to be establish within the party before talk for country. Simple formula. UNP can come back strongly.

    fernado Thursday, 26 September 2013 11:36 AM

    you are correct sir, we need drastic need of the change in UNP attitude towards Poor and young people of Sri-Lanka. The Leadership change is not because that RW is bad person but after a severel defeats there must be young blood. He could have become more powerful leader if his attitudes changed. UNP must organize from top to the bottom and more aggressive politis ask people from UNP. at the moment we have DIYARU type politics compare to the SLFP. Ranil and his people around him did n,t understand the value of People like Dayasiri jayasekara. But MR has that sense.

    Raju Thursday, 26 September 2013 11:36 AM

    There is nothing UNP can do until they admit their mistakes in the past including their behaviour during the war. UNP should disassociate themselves from agenda of the west and diaspora and work for the goodness of the country. After all they should behave as the alternate government without levelling allegations which they themselves cannot hold if they form a government. They should drift away from any affiliation with JVP or DNA. UNP by itself has enough strength to stand on its two feet to form a government if only they have a pure Sri Lankan policy. After all by destroying the country with the help of western countries they will not have a country to govern someday.

    Justin Fernando Thursday, 26 September 2013 11:39 AM

    Ranil is a good worker not a politician for a country like Sri lanka. But Sri lanka needs a leader who can communicate effectively with grass root level people. UNP must organize village level action groups to educate,motivate people.By holding election rallies will not work.We experience that in 1977 election.Only Sajith Premadasa can bring village level people back to UNP.UNP needs a presidential candidate like Ranil but need a organiser like Sajith.Mangala also a good person to develop UNP.Unity is the key to win an election with a proper leadership
    Good Luck UNP

    Malinga Thursday, 26 September 2013 11:48 AM

    Sack all UNP members leaving Ranil and golayas. Then real UNP can be formed with a different name. Or create a new party called 'Henduwa' and ask Ranil to join that party.

    Saranga Thursday, 26 September 2013 11:59 AM

    As of recent statements and personal sling mud from you direct the path to the party for EVIL.

    Krishnakumar Thursday, 26 September 2013 12:04 PM

    Pl make one part one country then no UNP send out Ranil

    fazlyfazlyzly Thursday, 26 September 2013 12:15 PM

    the leadership need an immediate 'bypass'. without that any change is not a change but a future loss.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Thursday, 26 September 2013 12:16 PM

    There is a absolutely no need to burn midnight oil and split hairs. The solution is very simple: Get a new leader and a fresh working committee and go for it, if the UNP is still to survive in this environment.

    raviraj Thursday, 26 September 2013 02:25 PM

    the only change UNP needs is get rid of Sajith

    Rajvinodh Thursday, 26 September 2013 02:50 PM

    Agreed !!

    CA Lee Thursday, 26 September 2013 03:43 PM


    Dilan Thursday, 26 September 2013 11:30 PM

    UNP = Uranus, Neptune, Pluto the farthest planets !

    ranil Friday, 27 September 2013 04:06 AM


    Rohan1 Friday, 27 September 2013 04:18 AM

    the other side has a good leadership a robust decision making process.

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