Sajith should be made UNP leader - UNP MPs
UNP MPs Earl Gunasekera and Lakshman Seneviratne yesterday said that
Hambantota district UNP MP Sajith Premadasa should replace the incumbent
Ranil Wickremesinghe as the party’s leader.
Launching a scathing attack on the leadership, Lakshman Seneviratne
MP said that Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe was trying to be a
life time leader of the party.
He said that the incumbent leader was afflicted with the mental
disorder – Asperger syndrome (is an autism spectrum disorder that is
characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction, along
with restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests.
It differs from other autism spectrum disorders by its relative
preservation of linguistic and cognitive development. Although not
required for diagnosis, physical clumsiness and a typical use of
language are frequently reported). The MP noted that the UNP leader had
a habit of forgetting or postponing important matters (referring to the
At a press briefing where both Seneviratne and Gunasekera voiced
support for the proposed Constitutional Amendments said the UNP leader
should ensure internal democracy within the party before talking about
ensuring democracy in the country.
Commenting on the much talked about UNP reforms Seneviratne MP stated
that the UNP leader in self interest had relegated the draft to the back
He noted that powers in making a decisions regarding the leadership
should be vested with the party administrative members from the top to
the grass roots level.
He also alleged that the UNP leadership was preventing the emergence
of a second rung in the UNP hierarchy.
”In addition, the leadership is deliberately postponing the holding
of a national convention to escape the wrath of the membership,” he
Harking back to a recent working committee meeting the MP said that
he had raised the question whether UNP could win an election with the
present leadership but none had risen in the defence of the leader, he
Gunasekera and Seneviratne said that it was time for other UNP MPs to
put the country before the party and added that there were many like
minded members in the UNP fold at present. RS