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* Sri Lanka opposition party manager resigns, says leadership council useless
Sun, Feb 9, 2014, 11:57 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 09, Colombo: A party manager of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) displeased with the nominations to upcoming provincial council elections has tendered his resignation.

The manager of the UNP for Central Colombo electorate D. M.P. Gnanasena, in a letter has informed the party leader Ranil Wickremasinghe that he is resigning from his post.

In his letter he has said that he was greatly disturbed when candidates who have no foundation with the people were granted nominations while Ferouza Muzammil, the wife of Colombo Mayor A. J. M. Muzammil, was not granted the same opportunity.

"The Mayor is doing Colombo a great favor through the Colombo Municipal Council. We hoped that his wife Ferouza Muzammil will also be nominated. However, she was not given the nominations," Gnanasena said speaking to News First.

Ferouza Muzammil also resigned from the party's National Executive Committee after the UNP failed to give her nominations to contest from the Colombo District at the forthcoming Western Provincial Council election.

Gnanasena said he decided to resign because it's useless working for a party that will never come to power due to the current leadership.

The party manager said the newly formed Leadership Council was of no use and asserted that the party can never establish a UNP government.

"We can never establish a UNP government. The Leadership Council does not make decisions. I felt the Leadership Council was of no use. Therefore, I decided there is no point in working for a party that will never come into power," he said.

"The leaders are not committed to the party," Gnanasena said.

Party's leadership has been criticized over the selection of candidates for the upcoming provincial council polls on March 29.

Two senior members of the UNP Colombo District parliamentarian Ravi Karunanayaka and former Galle District parliamentarian Vajira Abeywardena resigned from the party's nomination committee last week over disputes in finalizing nomination lists for the polls while party's Kalutara district parliamentarian Palitha Thewarapperuma even attempted to assault the UNP leader at the UNP parliamentary group meeting.

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