UNP deputy leader Karu Jayasuriya says it is time to rise above factionalism and work towards achieving a win-win outcome that would shape the political future of the party and the country.
Jayasuriya has been invited by the pro-reforms group in the party to take over the UNP leadership and serve as a unifying force that would bring victory to the party.
Jayasuriya states that the burning need of the hour is for a vibrant opposition that can stem the excesses of the incumbent regime and offer an alternative to the people.
“I speak today as a citizen of this country, a member of the United National Party, a person who firmly believed that the threat of terrorism should be defeated and could only be defeated by the democratic forces shedding difference and working together, and as a person who has always remained steadfast in his belief in democracy at all levels, in government, in organization and in spirit. If there is no togetherness, we are nothing. If we stand together, we can be everything. This is a moment to rise above factionalism,” he has stated.
“It is in this context that we, as the opposition, must be more forceful in pointing out the flaws, revealing the inefficiencies, exposing the corruption, nepotism and abuse of power, and articulate the ways and means of correcting all these errors and in the event that the relevant authorities continue to turn a deaf ear, to mobilize the people of this country to hold the government accountable,” Jayasuriya has added.
He has said that whether it was the management of factors essential to daily life, rampant corruption and unprecedented nepotism, whether it was the breakdown of every democratic institution in this country once held sacred, and the politicization and destruction of all state structures and policies, there has emerged today a single, burning need – for a vibrant opposition that can stem the excesses of the incumbent regime and offer an alternative toSri Lanka’s people.