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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2642

The meeting to decide the fate of the UNP Leader postponed for today

By Ravi Ladduwahetty- Sri Lanka Editor Asian Tribune

Colombo, 18 March, ( The UNP Ranil Wickremesinghe,Ranil Wickremesinghe,members of parliament who participated in the morning session urged the meeting to continue yesterday at Sirikotha at 5 pm, for an immediate decision on the no-confidence motion against the Party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, but it was postponed as majority of the MPs failed to attend the said meeting

The proposed afternoon session to decide the fate of the UNP leader was postponed for today, as there were only 15 MPs present in the afternoon session, even Ranil Wickremesinghe too was not present. The meeting is now rescheduled for 11 am today and the MPs are to meet in the Parliamentary complex .

Earlier yesterday morning a majority of 31 Parliamentarians of the main Opposition United National Party has demanded the ouster and resignation of Opposition and United National Party Leader at a Group Meeting held at the Sri Jayawardenapura Parliamentary complex.

UNP Assistant Secretary Badulla District MP Lakshman Seneviratne proposed the no confidence and Moneragala district MP Ranjith Madduma Bandara seconded it.

Top political sources told Asian Tribune that 31 of the Group’s 41 Parliamentary Group had demanded his exit and resignation citing reasons of inefficiency and unable to win elections from 1994 to date barring the two years 2001-2003.

The only MP who stood for the defence of Party Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe was Galle District MP Vajira Abeywardena, they said.

Seneviratne proposing the no-confidence motion said that the UNP was being eliminated from the electorate all the time under the leadership of Ranil Wickremesinghe. He pointed out that the grassroots level party members are quitting the party in mass scale. Seneviratne accused that the Leader had always taken wrong decisions and appointing committees to buy time which has taken the party nowhere. The party cannot be taken forward under the leadership of Wickremesinghe and he had also said that they could not face the electorate under the circumstances, he said.

Party Chairman Rukman Senanayake and senior members Jayawickrama Perera, Sajith Premadasa, Jayalath Jayawardhana Johnston Fernando and Dayasiri Jayasekara spoke about the problems associated with the leadership and indirectly asked him to step down.

- Asian Tribune -

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