Sept 26, Colombo: The leadership of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) today appointed the Gampaha district parliamentarian Karu Jayasuriya as a member of the party working committee.
UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake said that the appointment letter was handed over to the MP today.
The appointment is with immediate effect and the party secretary said that Karu Jayasuriya has been assigned building a people's force aiming the good governance of the country.
Karu Jayasuriya, who held the position of UNP Deputy Leader until he contested for the leadership at a working committee election in December 2011, was marginalized following his unsuccessful bid for the leadership.
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.
The party leadership has come under severe criticism for marginalizing popular party members such as former deputy leaders Sajith Premadasa and Dayasiri Jayasekera, who crossed over to the ruling party and contested the North Western Provincial Council polls held recently, and expelling or reprimanding party members who call for reforms.
Following the humiliating loss at the recently held Provincial Council polls, especially in the North, there are renewed calls for the party leader Ranil Wickremasinghe to step down.
However, party sources say there will be no change in the party leadership but the party will reorganize and fill several party positions that are vacant now.
Speaking at a press conference held in Colombo today, UNP parliamentarian Harin Fernando said that changes may occur in the party in near future. The Working Committee of the party is to consider several suggestions when it meets on October 7th.