Colombo North UNP Organizer quits in disgust
Colombo North United National Party Organiser and UNP Working
Committee member K.B. Lilantha Perera yesterday quit his posts calling
on all irrespective of political differences to join hands to strengthen
the hands of the President to rebuild the nation.
The former MP expressed dismay at his party's attitude towards
felicitating the country's war heroes against the death of his own
father and sister who were victims of a terrorist bomb blast.
The son of former Deputy Mayor of Colombo K.B. Christy Perera who
died in the Thotalanga bomb blast in 1994 along with sister K.B. Sriyani
Gunasekera, Lilantha Perera says it was the paramount duty of all at
present to provide strength to the President to rebuild the country.
In his letter of resignation to party Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe the
former MP states: "It is no secret that my father K.B. Christy Perera
who was former Deputy Mayor of Colombo and sister K.B. Sriyani
Gunasekera was killed during the Presidential Election rally in
Thotalanga in 1994.
"Since then a countless number of people have been killed by
terrorist attacks. However, the war that raged for over 30 years and
which could not be brought to end even during the tenure of their party
was been successfully concluded by the President permanently."
"I trust that who have not forgotten the profound grief and sorrow we
underwent by this tragic loss. But the President, the Defence Secretary
and Security Forces had succeeded in giving a value to the blood spilled
by my father and sister as well as all the rest."
"Based on this premise, I organised a commemorative event in front of
my late father's statue on June 20 to pay tribute to the President, the
Defence Secretary, the Security Forces and the IGP, since I consider it
as my bounden duty to do so.
I am also happy to state that I did not hesitate to invite both the
Government and opposition members for the event.
However, before this event, on the 18th instant you summoned me to
your residence and questioned me at length about the commemoration.
"I cannot view this victory with callousness and from the view of
party politics or political colours."
"It is with regret I note policy followed by the party in this