United National Party (UNP) National Organiser Navin Dissanayake said at the 72nd anniversary of the party that the party has seen the election of seven leaders and office-bearers were through secret ballots, a tradition which he believes should be upheld and continued.
“These office-bearers were elected through the secret ballots and it shows the political tradition of this party,” he said. “There is a reason why many of us were not made leaders of ministers from the get-go. We were all groomed to be where we are,” he said.Minister Dissanayake said the former President was trying to groom his son to take over the mantle of the party bypassing Former Minister Basil Rajapaksa.
“Former Minister Basil Rajapaksa was a no-show at the rally the other day,” he said. “It is clear what their intentions are. But they should take a cue from the UNP,” he said.Minister Dissanayake said bloodshed will be in the country if the former regime returns. “They will continue their tradition of corruption,” he said.‘SLPP lost little support they had’
United National Party General Secretary and Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said at the 72nd anniversary of the party at Sirikotha that the Sri Lanka Podu Jana Peramuna (SLPP) lost what little support they had by organising a shoddy protest“No person or group which has stolen so much from the masses could get away or muster enough courage or support to organize a protest,” he said. “Failure of their protest proves that point,” he said.“When the UNP protested and fought back, we did so with a purpose. What was the purpose of the Jana Balaya,” he queried.“For the last 29 years, we could not form our government,” he said. “But we have got this far now and we’ve set our sights on the Presidential election,”he said.
He said the party’s defeat at the local government election enabled the party to turn over a new leaf and strengthen their mandate of fulfilling their promises.