Senior UNPers fear losing positions - Thera

by Lal Gunasekera

Senior members of the UNP were making misleading statements despite party leader Ranil Wickremasinghe’s positive response to some of the points in the eight-point proposal on reforming the party made by the bhikkus, Ven. Girambe Ananda Thera said yesterday.

The Ven. Thera told The Island that those senior UNP members were attempting to sabotage efforts to reform the party due to the fear of losing their positions.

One of the important proposals made by the United Bhikku Front (UBF) is for Wickremesinghe to resign as Party Leader, but continue as Senior Leader of the UNP.

Authoritative UNP sources said that Ranil Wickremesinghe was scheduled to have discussions, on UNP reforms and the proposed Leadership Council tomorrow (Nov. 1), with two former Deputy Leaders of the Party Karu Jayasuriya and Sajith Premadasa.

That discussion will be followed by a crucial Working Committee meeting on Monday (Nov. 4) at Sirikotha where the proposed party reforms and Leadership Council is to be decided.

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