Annual Convention to rule on UNP LC powers

by Zacki Jabbar

The powers conferred on the newly established UNP Leadership Council (LC) are to be submitted for approval to the party’s annual Convention, scheduled for later this month.

Galle District UNP MP, Gayantha Karunathillake told The Island yesterday that the decision to place the powers entrusted to the LC, headed by Karu Jayasuriya, before the party Convention, was unanimoulsy endorsed by the Working Committee (WC) which met on Tuesday.

The WC, he said, had also resolved to launch a sustained campaign to force the government to abolish the Executive Presidency and reduce the sky rocketing Cost of Living, which was bound to rise further, going by the 2014 budget proposals presented by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

With unity being a key issue to defeating the ruling SLFP-led UPFA alliance, at several elections, expected to be held in the coming months, a fourth resolution, the MP noted was also adopted calling on the membership to work as a team and not pursue personal agendas or ambitions to the detriment of the UNP.

The Chairman of the LC, Karu Jayasuriya, he said submitted a report entitled ‘Jana Jaya’ to the WC, which would be implemented within one hundred days, from grass roots level upwards, to unite and mobilise the party branches and membership, aimed at defeating the corrupt and dictatorial Rajapaksa regime.

Karunathillake pointed out that the Mahanayakes had appealed to the government to halt the Casino menace, but without replying to their request, it was continuing with plans to welcome Australian tycoon James Packer and grant him a tax free reign to run his gambling operations in Sri Lanka.

The Policemen, who had raided some gambling dens recently, he observed, had been transferred even before they had reported to their stations after performing their duty.

Trains were running without engine drivers, similar to the manner in which the government functioned, the MP noted adding that car races were being organised on a grand scale, when the people were struggling to pay their fare on buses and trains.

Karunathillake said that even though Government Ministers and MPs did not have the courage to speak out against the stinking corruption in their midst, many UPFA Local Councillors had opposed their respective budgets in protest against their Chairmen whom they said were corrupt

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