Ranil charge-sheeted on return from UK

Sajith faction wants retired SC judges to probe 20 allegations


by Zacki Jabbar

The Sajith Premadasa Faction yesterday submitted a charge sheet containing 20 allegations, against UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe to the party General Secretary. The charges ranged from his failure to uphold and implement the provisions of the Constitution to his alleged personal conduct.

Southern Provincial Council member Maithri Gunaratne told The Island, that he had handed over the petition to an Administrative Assistant in General Secretary Tissa Attanayake’s office at ‘Srikotha’ since Attanayake had gone to the Katunayake Airport to receive Ranil Wickremesinghe on his return from the UK, where he had been elected Chairman of the Asia Pacific Democratic Union of the International Democratic Union.

Gunaratne said that the UNP rebels wanted the UNP to appoint one or more retired Supreme Court judges to probe the charges against Wickremesinghe and give a free and fair verdict. He said a copy would be sent to the IDU since Wickremesinghe as Chairman of the Asia Pacific Democrat Union was duty bound to protect democracy within his own party.

The UNP constitution did not give anyone immunity and the leader was also answerable for his actions, as much as all other members, Gunaratne noted.

The listed charges include Wickremesinghe’s failure to organise the UNP in a manner which it could secure power.

Non-implementation of the party’s principles, policies and programmes.

Sitting members of local bodies and provincial councils,who were supportive of Premadasa, not given nomination at recent elections despite there being no disciplinary inquiries against them.

Elected representatives overlooked in filling party positions, because they had spoken about internal democracy

Discriminating against and demoting persons who were supportive of Co-Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa.

The Working Committee had authorised the holding of a Convention to confirm the appointment of Premadasa as Co-Deputy Leader, Act as Deputy to Wickremesinghe in parliament and the right to reorganise the party at grass roots level, but it was not honoured nor was Premadasa given the designated powers.

Violating the party constitution in not appointing Ranjith Madduma Bandara as National Organiser.

Failure to implement the N. G. P. Pandithratne and R. S. Jayaratne reports, which had called for an attitudinal change in the leader, if the people were to accept him.

Although there are five elected female parliamentarians, Wickremesinge had appointed a provincial councillor to head the ‘Lak Vaniktha’ movement.

Wickremesinghe had allegedly made disparaging remarks about the armed forces while the war was on, which resulted in a large number of UNPers not voting for the party at subsequent elections.

Not opposing the 18th Amendment in parliament.

Failure to take disciplinary action against MPs who had left the party.

Ven. Methiyagoda Thera was removed as head of the Bhikkshu Peramuna for criticising Wickremeinghe’s leadership.

The National Executive Committee comprising MPs, members of provincial councils and local bodies, trade union representatives and members of affiliated organisation were not summoned for the whole of this year. An organisation capable of drawing village level support was being run by cronies of the leader.

Allegations pertaining to Wickremesinghe‘s personal conduct, levelled by suspended UNP MP Buddhika Pathirana are also contained in the petition.

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