The aspirations of the people can be met only by supporting the President. It is of no use staying with the anti-democratic Opposition Leader. Many UNP stalwarts have made these observations supporting the Constitutional Amendments. A media conference organised by UNP Deputy General Secretary Lakshman Seneviratne and Polonnaruwa District UNP MP Earl Gunasekara was held in Colombo today.
UNP Parliamentarian pointed out that the President’s prudent initiative should be supported at this juncture when the country was being developed after the total elimination of terrorism.
He said that on the 1st of this month the Working Committee as well as the Parliamentary Group jointly discussed the decision that should be taken with regard to the 18th Amendment. He pointed out that he clearly stated that the party, the opposition or the nation would not be harmed. The people faced the brutal war for 30 years and the economy faced a downturn. In addition, he pointed out that thousands of youth lost their lives. Even the country did not witness development. As such he queried as to whey they should reject an important decision the government was taking when the country could witness a happy situation.
Giving his views to the media, Lakshman Seneviratne said that the entire rural leadership is in chaos due to the anti-democratic programme of the UNP leader.
Mr. Seneviratne said the UNP is a party which was not affording an opportunity to their Provincial Councillorsand party organizers to elect their leader. They are much concerned about it. He queried as to why a large group including himself waged a battle at the Working Committee, It was to usher in democracy within the Party. The Party Convention was yet to be held. He noted that when the leader was queried as to the date of the Convention that was due, there was no response from him.
He gave an assurance that he would go all out to convince all other members of the UNP Parliamentary group to support the right and correct decision that he had taken.
He emphatically stated that they would make an untiring effort to bring other members in line with them. Their main aim was to change the opinion of the other members of the Parliamentary group.