Update :VIDEO: A UNP Trade Union charges Karu Jayasuriya

Monday, 04 November 2013 - 8:12

The Deputy Organizer of Jathika Sevaka Sangamaya Ananda Palitha declares that MP Karu Jayasuriya has betrayed and misled the United Bhikku Front.  


Expressing his views to our news team, Palitha stated that MP Karu Jayasuriya has betrayed them by accepting the position of the Chairman in the UNP Leadership Council.


However, regarding this matter the United Bhikku Front holds a different standpoint.


When inquired, the Advisor of United Bhikku Front Girabe Ananda thero said they approve the appointment.

Update : Wednesday, 06 November 2013 - 12:57 PM

UNP Leadership Committee Chairman extends invitation to those who have left the party

Speaking at the first press conference of the UNP Leadership Committee held at the party headquarters in Sirikotha, the chairman of the UNP leadership committee parliamentarian Karu Jayasuriya has requested all who have left the UNP for various reasons to rejoin the party.


Meanwhile, taking part in the press conference UNP general secretary parliamentarian Thissa Attanayaka stated that the United Bhikku Front has begun discussions to bring the members of the leadership committee together.

Tuesday, 05 November 2013 - 7:28 PM

19 powers and responsibilities vested on the UNP United Leadership Council

The UNP Working Committee decided to delegate 19 slots of powers and responsibilities to the newly set up United Leadership Council when it met yesterday.


The delegated powers on the Leadership Council are:


  1. To making policies and national strategies for all level of the part strata.
  2. To introducing promotional campaign to recruit new membership.
  3. Appointment of electoral organizers with the consultation of the Party Leader.
  4. Issuing orders and notices on party members.
  5. Taking administration and discipline actions against those who challenge such orders and notices.
  6. Appointment of a nomination board with the consultation of the Party Leader, set up accepted criteria in giving nomination to individuals.
  7. Intervene in settling disputes that rise during giving nominations.
  8. Monitoring the actions of the party officials and organizers.
  9. Providing party officials and organizers targets and their time periods.
  10. Powers to summon officials at urgencies, demand them to provide independent assessment reports or ideas.
  11. Powers to take actions to improve the progress of the officials and the organizers or to take alternative actions on occasions where their performances found to be weakened.
  12. Powers to make recommendations to further develop party trade unions and affiliated organizations.
  13. Make proposals for communication and party propaganda, implement them and monitor their progress.
  14. To handle grass-root level organizations, make plans to strengthen such organizations, provide them time frames, targets, and monitor the progress.
  15. To appoint single or several members of the United Leadership Council to lead  any election.
  16. To set up Special boards to contest elections, set up necessary special or task forces in order to achieve party goals and make other crucial appointments to ensure an efficient administration.
  17. Provide party speakers correct information and guidelines before they address election rallies.  
  18. Give orders and rulings to get implemented the other decisions and resolutions passed by the Party Working Committee and monitor the progress of such programs.
  19. Submit the Party Working Committee the conclusions, decisions and proposals taken by the United Leadership Council at different times.

UPDATE : Tuesday, 05 November 2013 - 6:44 PM

Thaltha also rejects Leadership Committee membership - Opposition Leader meets Girambe thero

The new found United Leadership Council of the UNP convened its inaugural media briefing in Colombo today.


Addressing the media, the Council President MP Karu Jayasuriya said the time is ripe to make the party victorious and all should realize a lengthy slack period was also over.


The party has cast 19 powers and responsibilities on the United Leadership Council.


Among them are preparation of policies and national strategies for all level of the party membership, to introduce a new campaign program to increase the party membership and, the appointment of electoral organizers and a nomination board with the consultation of the Party Leader.


However MP Thalatha Athukorale says that she would not accept the membership in the United Leadership Council.


MP Athukorale told our news team that she would accept the appointment if the proposals submitted by her to the Working Committee Meeting with regard to the United Leadership Council are implemented.

Meanwhile a discussion was held between Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and United Bhikku Front Patron Girambe Ananda Anunayake Thera.

It is reported that the Opposition Leader and the Anunayake Thera have further discussed about the future actions of the United Leadership Council during the meeting.

UPDATE : Tuesday, 05 November 2013 - 1:20 PM

UNP leadership council appointed, Chairman Karu, Sajith resigns, Ranil National leader.

The UNP Leadership Council was set up at the Working Committee Meeting held yesterday.


MPs Tissa Attanayake, Mangala Samaraweera,Sajith Premadasa, Ravi Karunanayake, Ruvan Wijewardhana, Thalathaa Athukorala, Lakshman Kiriella and Kabir Hasheem were appointed for the leadership council with MP Karu Jayasuriya as Chairman.


In addition it was decided at the working committee meeting held to appoint Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe as the UNP national leader.


Expressing his views at a media briefing held after the working committee meeting, Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe stated that the party has reached a historical decision and the working committee has handed over the powers vested with the party leader to the leadership board.


Meanwhile after the Working Committee meeting, MP Sajith Premadasa told journalists that he had decided to resign from the working committee because of remises in the appointment of the leadership council.


However Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe said that he was inviting all who had left the party to rejoin it for the sake of the party’s victory.

Tuesday, 05 November 2013 - 8:12 AM

Ranil, Sajith and Karu discussions finalized -UNP Working Committee meets

The Working Committee meeting to finalize the outcome of discussions between UNP Leader Ranil Wickramasinghe and MPs Karu Jayasuriya and Sajith Premadasa is currently underway.


The meeting commenced at the UNP Headquarters around 4.30 this evening and aims to discuss and nominate the Supreme Council.


UNP party sources reported that Tissa Attanayake, Sajith Premadasa, Kabeer Hashim, Thalatha Athukorala, Lakshman Kiriella, Wijedasa Rajapakse as well as Asmi Thasim are among the nominees.

Monday, 04 November 2013 - 07:23
3rd round of discussions among Ranil, Karu and Sajith ends

Opposition Leader Ranil Wickramasinghe met MPs Karu Jayasuriya and Sajith Premadasa at Opposition Leader’s Office this morning.


Proceedings of the third round of the meeting, which spanned for forty minutes, revolved around the proposed new mechanism for steering UNP towards the path of success.


The UNP sources reported that during the past few weeks Opposition Leader has held discussions with the Maha Sangha, key members of the party as well as other factions.


The facts and agreements of the discussions are to be submitted in detail before the Working Committee meeting this evening to reach a final decision.

Monday, 04 November 2013 - 12:51

Ranil, Karu, Sajith in a discussion again; final decision to the working committee today.

Monday, 04 November 2013 - 8:12

The final discussion prior to submitting to the working committee the proposed new machinery for positioning the UNP on a victorious path is scheduled to be held this forenoon.


Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and MPs Karu Jayasuriya and Sajith Premadasa will participate in this discussion.


Prior to this on several occasions several rounds of discussion were held among them.


UNP MP Gamini Jayawickrema Perera said that the results of the discussion this forenoon were scheduled to be submitted to the working committee this afternoon.


In response to a query by our news team, the MP said that accordingly a solution to the crisis that has currently cropped up  in the UNP was expected from the above results.


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