The 54th General Convention of the United National Party is due to take place at party headquarters Sirikotha tomorrow against a backdrop of tumult & internal agitation.
Several factions within the party charge that certain members have been excluded from the convention by depriving them of invitations.
General Secretary of the UNP MP Thissa Aththanaye defended his party against these allegations in the following manner.
A total of around 5800 party members have received invites for the UNP's general convention.
These include the party parliamentary group, associated representatives, electorate organisers & their agents.
Two proposals are due to be presented during tomorrow's party convention.
These proposals include the tenure extension of the party leadership to 6 years, and a new set of party policies which have been termed the 'radical change'.
Meanwhile the Mount Lavinia District Court today rejected 2 petitions today which sought an interim injunction order to be issued in views of tomorrows UNP general convention.
General Secretary of the UNP MP Thissa Aththanayeke phrased these attempts as futile efforts intent on thwarting the party's future progress.
Moreover the organising committee of tomorrow's general assembly have implemented security arrangements which have never before been witnessed during any convention of the UNP.
As part of these arrangements security officers accompanying MP's to the convention grounds will be proscribed from carrying fire arms with them.
Furthermore views regarding the UNP's General convention were expressed during a media briefing held this afternoon.
Party MP' Lakshman Kiriella speaking here noted that the paradigm of the Lichchavi princes would be incorporated during tomorrows party convention.