UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe is to meet the party MPs in small groups to review the presidential election results and to decide on revamping the party, UNP General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said today.
Mr. Kariyawasam told the media that Party Leader Wickremesinghe will have a series of discussions with groups of UNP MPs to review the results of the recent elections and on how to revamp the party. He said another round of discussions will be held at party headquarters Sirikotha today.
Some of the UNP MPs who spoke to journalists after the meeting said some were of the opinion that statements by a few UNPers helped the incumbent President whom they said took an ethnic and religious line during the campaign.
MP Ajith Manaperuma said some statements made by certain UNPers helped the SLPP candidate’s cause.
Some of the MPs were of the opinion that UNP should be given a new face. “Some of us were of the opinion that a strong background should be set for former Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa to secure his rightful position in the party,” he said. Mr. Mannaperuma said the party should be revamped completely from top to bottom.
Mr. Premasasa should be appointed as the leader as he is still popular despite the defeat at the recently concluded presidential poll. “We opine that Mr. Premadasa should be appointed as the leader,” he said.
MP Harshana Rajakaruna said the party will be completely revamped within two weeks.
MP Kavinda Jayewardene said the focus was made to determine as to why the party had failed to attract the Buddhist votes. He said the focus will be made on party reforms later. He said a decision on reforms should be made by the parliamentary group. (Yohan Perera)
Revamp the party?? This bugger was one of the architects of the destruction and defeat of a once great party.
Seyed Niyaz Abdeen Thursday, 28 November 2019 06:49 AM
Ranil has already killed the party and there is nothing to re-vamp, Ranil, in one word, must GO and go straight to Jail for openly and blatantly robbing the country.
UNPer Thursday, 28 November 2019 07:00 AM
Usual delaying tactic saying revamping party has started by RW. Apart from disgracing Buddhism, attack on monks temples, presentation of MCC, unpopular RW insisting that he will be PM and nominating SP very late thereby lacking ground level propaganda are root causes for the loss.
Royal Rouge Thursday, 28 November 2019 09:01 AM
The best REVAMP to be done is for RW to get out of the UNP and politics as he is the MAIN cause of UNPs failure since 1994 ! .
hubert Thursday, 28 November 2019 09:06 AM
It is serious thta we need to ask Rani to retire for letting things go out of hand
Era Thursday, 28 November 2019 09:55 AM
Clinging on, shameless. Time to evict him from the great party.
Mario Thursday, 28 November 2019 10:49 AM
Discussions have slowly and surely taken the party deep into the sewarage.
rew Thursday, 28 November 2019 11:51 AM
If Ranil can't see where the problem is (himself) there is no hope for the UNP.
Anoosh Thursday, 28 November 2019 01:44 PM
Sajith did not have the capability winning the election, how can he blame the leadership ???????????????.
Yahapala Thursday, 28 November 2019 01:55 PM
Ranil plays same dirty game so many years when UNP lose every elections and Presidential elections too. Don`t give up this time, this fellow have done already enough damage to the Sri Lankas biggest and old party. Please wake up dear party members don`t give up this time.
Dr. Keerthy Wijekoon Thursday, 28 November 2019 03:27 PM
No revamp, Ranil should get with his henchmen, including you, that's all the public wants.
Kadu Kudu Costa Thursday, 28 November 2019 03:32 PM
If Ranil still wants to sit in the opposition bench, before that shit will be thrown to his face in front of the Parliament.
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