Ranil’s foes out to defy him

Divisions within the Party to deepen as dissidents are determined on violating discipline

Divisions within the United National Party (UNP) are likely to deepen in the weeks ahead, with dissident members disregarding Party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe’s warning to its members to refrain from making public statements contrary to the official party position.

UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayaka said that, disciplinary committees of the UNP, headed by former MP Thilak Marapana P.C., will look into complaints regarding those who violate Party discipline.
“I don’t want to comment on individuals, but the Committee has received many complaints, and will look into them,” he said.

The Working Committee of the UNP is expected to meet on Monday, to make a policy decision on how to deal with members who violate Party rules, he added.

On Tuesday, while launching a new website for the UNP, Mr. Wickremesinghe warned that those who make public statements contrary to party views, will be dealt with severely. “Strict action will be taken against those who violate Party discipline, and they will be removed from the UNP,” he said.

Meanwhile, former deputy leader of the UNP, Karu Jayasuriya, who was asked to quit his room within the Parliamentary complex, the day after he challenged Mr. Wickremesinghe for the leadership, opened an office at Kirulapone Avenue on Friday, while the party’s newly elected Deputy Leader MP Sajith Premadasa met with the Mahanayakas of the Asgiriya and Malwatte Chapters on Thursday, which was his birthday.

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