Written by Bella Dalima
08 Feb, 2014 | 6:38 pm
Central Province Opposition Leader Ranjith Aluwihare says that if the UNP does not emerge victorious within these two years, the party could never be resurrected.
In a letter to the Chairman of the UNP Leadership Council, Karu Jayasuriya, Aluwihare points out that protecting the thousands of party supporters should be their prime responsibility instead of protecting their own positions.
The letter by the opposition leader of the Central Provincial Council aimed to provide some proposals on the selection of candidates for 2014 Western and Southern PC polls.
Ranjith Aluwihare points out that all electoral organisers in the Western and Southern Provinces who are not members of Parliament should be offered candidacy to contest for the upcoming poll. He notes that anyone who refuses candidacy, is no longer suited to hold positions within the party.
The letter to the Chairman of the Leadership Council also notes that candidacy should be offered to members of the working committee who are not electoral organisers.
It adds that a decision should be taken to make it mandatory for all former cabinet ministers, and district Bala Mandala leaders within the Western and Southern provinces to contest the upcoming poll.
The Central Province Opposition Leaders also added that activists who have distanced themselves from the party due to minor differences should be brought closer to the party. Instead of supporting individuals who leave the party opportunistically. Aluwihare suggests that the UNP should unite the activists within the party who worked hard for the party and criticised it in order to protect it.
He also notes that 90% of UNPers who are disillusioned by the party and who break away from it due to disappointment go on to join Sarath Fonseka’s Democratic Party.
Aluwihare reiterates that even staunch SLFPers who worked hard for the government, now resent it and are disappointed.
Adding that they too berate the opposition.
The letter concludes by noting that in such a backdrop when the popularity of the government is waning the UNP should not allow this opportunity slip through its fingers ..
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