Oct 03, Colombo: Karu Jayasuriya, Gampaha district parliamentarian of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) has decided not to accept the UNP Working Committee membership.
UNP hierarchy has decided to grant him the membership of the Working Committee following his contribution in the election campaigns of the Northern, Northwestern and Central Provincial Councils.
Declining the offer, Jayasuriya pointed out that accepting the Working Committee membership would lead to more rifts within the party as he was not the only person who had lost membership in the Working Committee.
Jayasuriya, who held the position of UNP Deputy Leader, was sacked from the Working Committee after his unsuccessful bid for the party leadership at a Working Committee election in December 2011.
He lost the working committee membership also with it and remained low profile for many years until he was assigned responsibilities in the Provincial Council elections held recently.
Jayasuriya said he has informed UNP leader Ranil Wickremasinghe that what need of the time is not posts, but to unite the entire party and lead it to achieve a political victory.
Jayasuriya who is one time UNP Deputy Leader said that he was dedicated for this purpose and he would continue to act for the party.
The UNP suffered a humiliating loss at the provincial council elections held recently for the three provinces and the current leadership of the fractured party is under immense pressure to step down.