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UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa vehemently condemned the appointment of UNP national organizer with less than 40 members of the 92 member working committee present.

He said that the appointment was made in an unconstitutional manner.  Mr. Premadasa said that a working committee meeting had been called to appoint the national organizer with less than 40 members of the 92 member committee were present.

He stressed that the principal corner stones of the constitution unanimously passed by the members of the party had been violated.

MP Premadasa said those who had pushed for a change in the party constitution had no idea of the meeting and that these party members were now being cornered.

“Both Ranjith Maddumabandara and I, who are not only senior members of the party but also members of the working committee were not told of this meeting,” he said. 

“The national organizer along with other key positions in the party was to be appointed before April 12, but in my opinion the appointment of the national organizer was deliberately delayed while all other appointments made so that a dictatorial decision like this could be made,” MP Premadasa said. 

“The national organizer along with other key positions in the party was to be appointed before April 12, but in my opinion the appointment of the national organizer was deliberately delayed while all other appointments made so that a dictatorial decision like this could be made,” MP Premadasa said. 

He explained that at the working committee meetings that were held in March the only named proposed to the post of national organizer was that of MP Ranjith Maddumabandara.

The Deputy Leader today said that there was no competition or a compromise to arrive upon as in the appointment of the Leader as only one name was proposed to the post of national organizer at the working committee meetings.

“After the working committee meetings were held in March the next one was held on May 3, where we proposed the name of MP Ranjith Maddumabandara was proposed again to the new working committee,” he said.

MP Premadasa stressed that the problem did not lie with the person who had been appointed but with the manner in which the appointment was made.

“I have handed in a letter to member of the working committee as well as the members of the advisory board and the party leadership today stating my opinion of the matter and asking them to protect and follow the constitution appointed by many,” he said. 

Meanwhile, MP Maddumabandara said that the appointment was unconstitutional and that as senior members of the party they were not afraid to stand up to such matters.

“Some media have reported that disciplinary action would be taken if anyone was to talk about the appointment, but we are not afraid to do so,” he said. 

“This is an undemocratic move made by a party whose foundation is built on democracy,” MP Maddumbandara said.  He explained that his name was only proposed because many of the party members had asked him to come forward to be appointed as the national organizer of the party

(Nabeela Hussain)

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  • Sen Thursday, 05 May 2011 01:49 AM

    That's democratic politics. You have to be power hungry if you want to be elected. Taste it though it bitter.

    Marini Thursday, 05 May 2011 04:14 PM

    Ravi and Ranil are helping Hanbanthota. for sure....( MR)

    S.Karu Thursday, 05 May 2011 01:16 PM

    MR is laughing now junior is getting ready to be the next President

    gona Thursday, 05 May 2011 08:57 AM

    For the first time, I can agree with a comment by CJ.

    Labby Thursday, 05 May 2011 05:29 AM

    Sajith go fly a kite, you are a known failure. For the past 12 to 15 months all you did was make a big noise and cause disunity within the party.

    Alimankade Thursday, 05 May 2011 05:09 AM

    The UNP will get nationally disorganised with Ravi's appointment.

    balu Thursday, 05 May 2011 04:30 AM

    Democratic... u must be from another planet.

    channa Thursday, 05 May 2011 03:24 AM

    Sajith, if you gave up the leadership fight, now DON'T shout !

    spark Thursday, 05 May 2011 03:33 AM

    You mean (a) how he gave weapons to LTTE to hit the indian army which was later used to kill the SLA? (b) The STF goon squad under a famous SSP that picked up people AKA "Kola Kotti"? (c) being part of the 1983 riots? (d) Calling policemen to blindly surrender in the east that lead to cold blooded death?

    spark Thursday, 05 May 2011 03:27 AM

    What you say is true, but Sajith should also not be too greedy for each and every top post available. He also has a very poor understanding, attitude and view of the ethnic problem in Sri Lanka and international community and politics.

    krishna Wednesday, 04 May 2011 03:37 PM

    What is first....egg or chick.

    Nihal Wednesday, 04 May 2011 06:07 PM

    I wish you leave the party, you are throwing mud on things your father did.

    lala bala Wednesday, 04 May 2011 05:50 PM

    The process is democratic. Unfortunately it becomes unconstitutional because of the choice of candidate. He is a proven crook and a scam artiste.

    palithaeka Wednesday, 04 May 2011 05:31 PM

    Why do you all finish fighting in the house. Where is United Party. When you all fight enemy can destroy you.

    freehit Wednesday, 04 May 2011 04:52 PM

    Remember the two golden rules in the corporate world, Sajith ? Rule no. 1. -The boss is always right. Rule no.2. - If by any chance the boss is wrong, refer rule no. 1.

    rosh Wednesday, 04 May 2011 04:35 PM

    Dan nam sajithtath kiyanna wenne CHIK kiyala thamai

    Fayad Wednesday, 04 May 2011 04:34 PM

    Ranil is messing up the party in style,when sajith settle for deputy leader for party sake,Ranil should have not done such a blunder by appointing Ravi.

    David Wednesday, 04 May 2011 04:48 PM

    anyway you guys not gonna come to power for next 10 years, so whatever happens doesn't matter

    Rufus Norton Wednesday, 04 May 2011 04:38 PM

    All this haggling over rules in the book will only sink the party still further while MR is galloping along having his own way

    Calistus Jayatilleke Wednesday, 04 May 2011 04:03 PM

    It appears that Ranil has learnt democracy from Sajith's father when he worked closely with the latter during the UNP regime as President and Prime Minister!

    Banda Wednesday, 04 May 2011 04:05 PM

    Green or Blue - all power hungry. No real commitment from either to take the country forward

    Silva Wednesday, 04 May 2011 03:52 PM

    Ravi K is better than MB who knows only tippex methods.But UNP has no future. Thats for sure.......

    Hipo Wednesday, 04 May 2011 03:28 PM

    Democracy is really not democratic. But democracy is known to work.


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