Dec 09, Colombo: A powerful Buddhist monk organization of Sri Lanka's major opposition United National Party (UNP) severely warned party rebel Sajith Premadasa to refrain from acting against the party unity.
General Secretary of United Bhikku Front (UBF) Bopitiye Dhammissara Thero said today at a press conference held in the party headquarters Sirikotha that Premadasa would have to face stern action unless he compromises with the newly appointed Leadership Council.
Dhammissara Thero further said that the Leadership Council position is still open to MP Sajith Premadasa and he must take a decision before December 21 by the time the party general assembly is held.
Ven. Thiniyawala Palitha Thero, a leading monk of the United Bhikku Front said that Sajith Premadasa was the individual that was committing the worst damage to the party.
Premadasa who vies for the party leadership rejected the membership of the Council chaired by MP and former deputy leader Karu Jayasuriya set up under the patronage of the Buddhist monks.
However, the National Organizer of the UBF, Ven. Ulapane Sumangala Thero has earlier criticized the Leadership Council saying that the new committee chaired by Jayasuriya will not be able to bring the required upliftment of the party.
The Thero said last month that the Leadership Council appointed to introduce reforms to the party and strengthen the party mechanism has become yet another puppet stringed by party leader Ranil Wickremasinghe.