It is apparent that the UNP leader is determined to carry on as the leader of the Party using archaic and authoritatian party constitution, imposed on the party, as a weapon. And that, when it is the duty and responsibility of a political party leader to keep the party united and lead the political part to victory at the hustings and a political party leader’s efficiency, capability and leadership are measured on his ability to meet those requirements
From the time the present UNP leader assumed leadership in the UNP, the party has fallen apart and progressively lost the elections held. The UNP vote base has dwindled to around 20 percent under his leadership.
His leadership has been ineffective. In other democracies when the party loses the election, the party leader gracefully steps down, whatever the party constitution is or says. That is gentlemanly politics.
Of course, the Government parties will appreciate his continuing as the UNP leader as he has been aiding the Government by weakening the UNP. The upcoming elections will ensure the further weakening of the UNP (cracks are already appearing) and the strengthening of the Government’s hands more despite the efforts of the UNP old guard that remains, the new entrants yet there and some homlogous front liners.
What is hilarious is that, at a meeting down South, the UNP leader declared that the UNP will topple the Government shortly, when the Government has been elected constitutionally by this people and has a right to complete it’s period constitutionally, whereas he refuses to step down as party leader citing the party constitutions, though he is the most unpopular party leader ever.
Upali S. Jayasekera.
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