Written by Bella Dalima
04 Apr, 2014 | 9:43 pm
Party activists charge that the Leader of the United National Party has failed to hand over responsibility to persons with larger voter bases even after the conclusion of the recent Provincial Council Polls.
Former Chairman of the Biyagama Pradeshiya Sabha, Amila Ruwan points out that although there are active members who secured higher numbers of preferential votes, the party leader had decided to appoint an accomplice to the post of Opposition Leader of the Western Provincial Council.
Former Chairman of Biyagama PS, Amila Ruwan expressed these following views;
” If you look at the history of the United National Party, persons who secured the highest voter bases were given priority in the party. However, during recent times we were able to witness that those loyal to the leadership, and the accomplices of the leader and his henchmen were given priority in the party.
It is because of this that the United National Party is suffering defeat. We were hoping that the leader of the party will rectify this mistake at least this time around and continue the journey with persons who will be acclaimed by the people and guide the party to a victorious path.
However, when appointing a person to the post of opposition leader of the Western Provincial Council it was evident that those opportunities were given to the person close to the leader or to his henchmen rather than to the persons who have been acclaimed by the public.
They have been cornered. Consider the Gampaha District; Harshana Rajakaruna was placed second at the previous Provincial Council Polls. This time around he came first from the opposition. However, to whom did they give the post of Opposition Leader of the Western Provincial Council, cornering the person who was acclaimed by the people? To their henchmen. You cannot engage on a journey by casting aside the voter base…”
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