UNP MP Dayasiri Jayasekera today charged that the clashes at Sirikotha on Monday could have been avoided had the suggestion made by some members including himself to exchange the posts of party leader and leader of opposition between current party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and former Deputy Leader Karu Jaysuriya was accepted.
Mr. Jayasekera told a news conference that the decision to go for a vote instead of a consensus did the damage.
He charged that the election was far from free and fair as there were undue influences on the working committee members who were appointed during the day of the election itself.
The UNP MP said those who have been arrested and remanded in connection with the commotion at Sirikotha were actually those who tried to stop the violence.
While condemning the incident that took place on Monday, Mr. Jayasekera said two provincial council members who actually brought armed men inside the party head quarters are moving freely today. “They were moving freely manning the armed men on the day of the working committee meeting where the new office bearers were elected though only UNP MPs and the members of the working committee members were allowed inside,” he charged.
Mr. Jayasekera questioned as to why the police is so keen to carry out investigations on the incident without taking action to avoid the incidents on that day. He charged that police failed to maintain law and order that day as they did nothing to stop those who attacked Sirikotha. He charged that the police have changed their stance as they were arrested earlier arrested earlier for unlawful assembly but now they are changed under Public Property Act.
He also explained that no one should arouse communalism highlighting the stoning of Buddha statue at Sirikotha.
Mr. Jayaskera said he will continue the struggle to convert the UNP into a significant national force. Stating that the party’s Sinhala Buddhist vote base had eroded over the years, the UNP MP said it is essential for the party to rebuild this base to come back to power. He said the UPFA government was able to come to power by winning the nationalist forces and securing the Sinhala Buddhist vote base.
Mr. Jayasekera said this should be done no matter who leads the party. “We need to build up the party into a force that could attract the people at the grass root level even under Ranil Wickremesighe as the party leader. “The party should try to capture power without delay,” he said. (Yohan Perera)
Comments - 8
Upul Thursday, 22 December 2011 06:39 PM
To me this seems to be a generational problem rather than a political issue. Ranil and Sajith are from two generations. I think Ranil is a great leader no doubt, but should know when to step down and help the next generation to step up to the plate.
ajantha Thursday, 22 December 2011 08:06 PM
dayasiri mp.be patient.still your party extremist do not have a proper plan or govern this country. they ask for a change. but they dont trust them even though they trust and respect u.be patient all the time tellthe truthas u did in so many occasionstry to make a better srilanka all the best wishes to u.and be careful from crooked power greedy henchmens
Mohan Thursday, 22 December 2011 08:55 PM
Well done DJ
kondebendapucheena Thursday, 22 December 2011 08:21 AM
When you people greedy for positions no way you can avoid this
Avi Vikum Thursday, 22 December 2011 08:26 AM
What a shame!! You guys continue to fight while country is robbed.
PREM Thursday, 22 December 2011 08:37 AM
THATS WELL SAID
Kangarro Thursday, 22 December 2011 09:49 AM
That 's 100% true
asoka Thursday, 22 December 2011 11:07 AM
the problem is old unp mps dont like to mention,sir for the unp new leader, that's why they vote for ranil,
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