UNP claims reforms will be ‘sustainable, believable and workable’

by Zacki Jabbar

The UNP yesterday claimed that the proposed party reforms to be taken up for discussion at Monday’s Working Committee meeting would be ‘sustainable, believable and workable’.

Asked at a press briefing in Colombo how long the proposed changes could be sustained, considering the frequent clashes within the party, senior UNP MP Ravi Karunanayake said that there would be a complete overhaul with a Leadership Council (LC) being appointed.

"The changes will be sustainable, believable and workable," he said, noting that the five-member LC would comprise party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, Karu Jayasuriya, Sajith Premadasa and him. The fifth person was yet to be determined.

Questioned if the offer by the Chairman Gamini Jayawickrema Perera, National Organiser Daya Gamage and Treasurer Senarath Kapukotuwa to resign had been accepted, Karunanayake replied that it was only an expression of their intentions conveyed during ongoing party meetings.

The resignation of General Secretary Tissa Attanayake from his post of Kundasale Organiser was accepted by Wickremesinghe on Thursday.

Critics of the leadership said that the proposed reforms were an attempt to sacrifice a few heads for the failure of the leadership and many of its electoral organisers to deliver at the recently concluded Northern, Central and North Western Provincial Council elections.

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