The United National Party is embroiled in a serious dispute. UNP Parliamentarian Dayasiri Jayasekera has leveled strong accusations against the party.
If the UNP leader does not find instant solutions to the crisis, the party is confronted with, about 28 members have opted to remain independent. Dayasiri Jayasekera has issued a statement consolidating their stand. It is his view that the party should make an untiring effort to immediately overcome this pathetic situation. The UNP should make a determined effort to get out of this serious situation before the forthcoming local Government polls. If not, he claims that the party would not be able to surmount future challenges. The UNP had to stay in the Opposition for 16 years from 1994. The party leadership did not succeed in clearly identifying the political strategies. Under these circumstances, 61 Senior UNP members ditched the party throughout these years. To prevent a recurrence of such a situation, disputes had to be solved immediately. Mr. Jayasekera as well as more Parliamentarians had announced to the media that they have decided to remain independent until the party leadership carried out the reforms.
This stand has been revealed by more UNP Parliamentarians including Sujeeva Senasinghe, Rosy Senanayake and Thalatha Athukorala.
Meanwhile, the Opposition leader had announced that any person willing to remain independent can do so and it was their right. Not a single member had yet intimated their stand in this respect in writing to him. A Spokesman for Siri Kotha, the UNP headquarters told Prime TV that if such a situation prevails, Mr. Wickramasinghe said a decision will have to be taken with the Working Committee. Pointing out that the party cannot be handled according to the wishes of every individual, Mr. Wickramasinghe underlined that as party leader, he is vested with full powers of handling the party. He had also stated that party reforms cannot be effected hastily. He said he plans to meet the UNP Parliamentary group in the future.