Premadas`s son blames UNP leadership for poor performance

Last Updated: Sunday, April 18, 2010 - 20:29

Colombo: Slain Sri lankan President R
Premadasa`s son and opposition UNP leader Sajith Premadasa has
blamed the party leadership for its poor performance in the
general elections and stressed the need for reforming the

Sajith, the senior United National Party
Parliamentarian from the South Eastern Hambantota district,
said the party needs to be reformed to represent the
grassroots, including labourers, farmers and fishermen.

"The reform should begin with where the power is
centred," he was quoted as saying by BBC`s Sinhala service, in
an apparent reference to UNP chief Ranil Wickramasinghe.

"The main reason for the failure to implement reforms
was that power is pretty much centralised in the party so the
responsibility lies with the party leader," he said.

His father Ranasinghe Premadasa was killed in 1993 by
an LTTE suicide bomber in Colombo.

Senior party members, however, called for unity in the
party in the face of the poor showing in the polls.

"This is not the time to create another crisis by
pulling the rug under its feet," Gampaha district MP Jayalath
Jayawardene told BBC Sandeshaya, the Sinhala service.

The UNP secured 46 seats out of 180 declared so far,
while the ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) won
117 seats.

Jayawardene maintained that it was unfair to blame
only the party leadership for all the failures.

"I think we should honestly look back whether we all
did fulfil our responsibilities,? Jayawardene said.

The voter turnout in the April 8 Parliamentary
elections is estimated at around 53 per cent though the final
announcement by the Election Commission is expected in the
coming week.

Wickremaisnghe claimed though the UPFA government was
re-elected it had no clear mandate due to low voter turnout.


First Published: Sunday, April 18, 2010 - 20:29

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