Ex-UNPers expelled on Court ruling – Ranil
By Nabiya Vaffoor
UNP Leader, Ranil Wickremesinghe said the decision of the Party’s Working Committee to expel those who have brought disrepute to the Party was based on a Court decision.
He was addressing a public meeting on 28 July in Rambukkana. Wickremesinghe said legal action would have been instituted against him and the Working Committee, if he did not adhere to the Court ruling .
“Disciplinary inquiries were conducted against those who violated Party discipline. Considering them broadly, the Working Committee decided to expel 54 candidates of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) and 61 UNP representatives in Local Government bodies. All those who were expelled from the Party will be informed in writing. Then the names will be revealed. There are others who have joined the SJB and we will take decisions regarding them in the future. At present, we have deployed six teams to look into this matter. The Working Committee will meet and decide on the remainder as well,” added Wickremesinghe.
Wickremesinghe noted that those who have left the UNP could compete with the UNP but that they do not have the right to say they belong to the UNP and act in a manner that jeopardises the UNP.
“I will not be the Leader of this Party for all time. This Party should be handed over to a new generation of youth. If the SJB continues to criticise us, it will destroy the image of the UNP, which will in turn be an advantage to the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP). The decision to remove this group was not an easy task. It should be noted that this decision was reached after lengthy discussions with lawyers,” he added. He requested the others who wish to leave the Party could send in their resignation letters, so that the UNP could easily take decisions, without carrying out disciplinary inquiries.
Meanwhile, while addressing a public meeting in Obeysekarapura on 29 July, Wickremesinghe claimed that the only Party representing all racial and ethnic groups was the UNP and not the SJB. He added that there were several members in the SJB who had switched sides from the previous Mahinda Rajapaksa- led Government.
“UNP Founder D.S. Senanayake had one objective; to unite all communities such as the Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims and Burghers. We are moving forward under a Sinhala leadership to protect these racial and ethnic groups. We are not marginalising other ethnic groups like the SLPP,” Wickremesinghe claimed.
He further noted that despite shouting that the Sinhala nationality is in danger, this Government had not been able to protect the antiquities.
“Antiquities of historical value belonging to the Kurunegala Royal Council have been bulldozed. No arrests have been made so far. After the relics of the Pandyan kings were taken to Madras, the relics were brought back to Kurunegala and buried in Kurunegala. If it cannot be protected, there is no point in talking about it. This history should be remembered,” he added.
He pointed out that all people should have the right to live freely and as politicians they must protect that right. Wickremesinghe claimed that today, Sri Lankans of all communities are in a dilemma over two issues: whether they’re dying because of COVID-19 or whether they will starve to death.
“This Government that deceived the people by making false promises has no right to rule the country anymore. Before this Government came to power, it promised to maintain law and order. However, the President of the Three-Wheelers Association who went to meet the President was assassinated. Another man is said to have committed suicide in Independence Square. Some claim that this is a voluntary suicide. Others say it was forced. A monk was killed at the temple,” noted Wickremesinghe.
He further inquired whether this was what was promised to the public.