UNP embroiled in conflicts - Sarath Ekanayake
Today the United National Party is facing serious problems due to
internal conflicts and there is plenty of infighting which is splitting
the party at various levels. Due to the weakness of the party
leadership, the leadership is under threat with various reforms being
brought about, said Chief Minister of the Central Province Sarath
He made these comments when 330 members of the United National Party
crossed over to the Sri Lanka Freedom Party at a function in Hasalaka in
the Uda Dumbara area.
The Chief Minister said that many UNP members have confided to him
that the UNP, a disorganised party and they are not able to even win an
election for the Co-operative Society. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna too
is in a state of disarray as they have now resorted to assaulting
members who leave the party. There is also the rumour that attempts have
been made to obtain undated letters of resignation from members of the
Pradeshiya Sabhas with a view of keeping them in their fold. This is
against democracy and against the rights of the members. We witnessed
this type of things during the J. R. Jayewardene era when undated
letters of resignation were obtained from the Parliamentarians to
prevent a revolt.
He said despite the war, this government under the leadership of
President Mahinda Rajapaksa is launching a massive development programme.
Today the people of North and East are hailing the steps taken by the
President to eradicate terrorism and bring back normal life. They want
the LTTE to be defeated and save the sovereignty of the motherland.
The UNP is against the subsidy for fertilisers and during the time
they were in power they removed many subsidies, concluded Chief Minister