‘Individuals attempting to disrupt reforms process’

2019-12-13 at 17:10

The Reforms Committee of the United National Party says it is disheartening that certain individuals are attempting to incite discord and disarray in the party reforms process.

A statement over the matter was issued by the Reforms Committee comprising MPs Lakshman Kiriella, Wajira Abeywardana and Prof. Ashu Marasinghe.

The Committee noted that a media briefing held by two Reforms Committee members MPs Ranjith Madduma Bandara and Thalatha Athukorale, where they expressed their personal views, was a contradiction of the responsibilities vested with them and cited that it dampened the party reforms process.

The statement noted that Party Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has issued directives to ensure all party reforms are enforced promptly with due changes expected to be made by the 20th of December.

The Committee has already reached a decision to award the candidacy of Prime Minister to Parliamentarian Sajith Premadasa at the upcoming General Election.

The UNP Reforms Committee said they hope to finalise and discuss recommendations with party Office Bearers, senior members, backbenchers and religious leaders and reach final conclusions prior to the end of next week.

Accordingly the Committee noted that under these circumstances where decisions are being made consensually, certain members expressing contradictory views cannot be approved.

The Committee noted that they are bound to uphold the respect and unity of the party at all times.