By Faraz Shauketaly
The UNP past – Parliamentarians Group have announced that they are to discuss the current crisis the UNP is facing at their general convention to be held next week. At a Press Conference held at a Colombo hotel on Saturday, members of the past UNP parliamentarians group, discussed the issues facing the party in light of the continuous defeats suffered by their party.
Spokesman for the group, former MP Buddhika Kulakularatna, said that it was essential that the UNP went for a radical review as opposed to merely focusing on leadership issues. He did say however, that Sri Lanka can take a cue from the mother of all parliaments, Westminster, where leaders who face defeat usually step down in favour of someone else.
He added that today the UNP was fortunate to have a lot of new “blood” from whom leaders can be groomed. When asked why they did not come out openly in favour of a change of leadership he said that as a group they had no warrant to call for that but asserted there was enough of precedents available including from Britain where failure is an opportunity created for someone else to step in.
Kulakularatne added that the crisis the party now faces can be traced down to the grass roots level where youth, women and rural members must be encouraged. The party must go all the way down there and start. He lamented that in the tumultuous days of the past there was real leadership.
Kulakularatne suggested that the late leader of the UNP and Prime Minister of Ceylon Dudley Senanayake, would not just be turning in his grave he would be “somersaulting” at what was happening to his party now.