The UNP crisis aggravates. Party internal sources point out that the dispute has aggravated to an extent that could not be solved.
Sources emanating from within the party pointed out that a serious situation has arisen following a group of party legislators crossing over to the Government ranks during the 18th Constitutional Amendment. Already a decision has been taken by a large group of Parliamentarians to sit independently within the house due to the duping of the Parliamentarians continuously by party leader Ranil Wickramasinghe without carrying out a restructure. Kurunegala District Parliamentarian Dayasiri Jayasekera had already announced his stand to the party leadership and to the entire country. Colombo District Parliamentarian Sujeeva Senasinghe and Ratnapura District Parliamentarian Talatha Athukorale had also announced their decision to sit independently in Parliament.
The rebel group of the party comprising about 28 members has intimated to Ranil Wickramasinghe in writing to stay independently at the next Parliamentary session as the party reorganisation had not taken place. At present the UNP has only 43 members in the House. Kurunegala District Parliamentarian Dayasiri Jayasekera had pointed out that they would engage in the restructure of the Party by remaining independently in Parliament if the party leadership did not succeed in implementing the restructure proposals by next week. If not, Mr. Jayasekera forecast that Mr. Ranil Wickramasinghe would have only five MPs when the 19th Amendment is brought forward. A spokesman for the UNP headquarters Siri Kotha told our media network that without displaying any keen enthusiasm on the restructure under the present circumstances, Mr. Wickramasinghe has warned that he would not hesitate to take drastic action against those violating party regulations.
Meanwhile, informed political sources said that several senior members of the UNP and some members of minor parties are geared to appear in Parliament as a separate party. Their intention is to remain as a separate group and extend their support to the Government’s development efforts. However, political critics are of the view that The disastrous crack which is due to take place in the Opposition within the next few days cannot be avoided.