The UNP’s mayoral candidate for the Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia Municipal Council, Sunethra Ranasinghe says the party has decided to name mayoral candidates for the 23 local government bodies that is to face elections on October 8.
Ranasinghe has made this statement in response to a request made by UNP Colombo District parliamentarian Mohan Lal Grero to keep the mayoral candidature open for the Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia Municipal Council.
Grero has threatened severe action if the party leadership does not respond positively to his request by tomorrow (30). However, he has denied rumors of him crossing over to the government.
Ranasinghe has observed that a party decision could not be changed on the request of one member.
She has added that the nominations list for the Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia Municipal Council was prepared together with Grero and his sudden request to keep the mayoral candidature open was therefore quite surprising.
Meanwhile, party secretary Tissa Attanayake has claimed that party decisions could not be changed due to demands made by individual party members.