June 03, Colombo: The United National party (UNP) unanimously approved a proposal that all UNP Municipal Councilors of the Colombo Municipal Council should work with the utmost devotion to the victory of the UNP in the Parliamentary Elections and not directly or indirectly support the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) or any other political group, a senior spokesperson of Sirikotha said.
The proposal has been adopted at a special meeting of the UNP members of the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) was held at the party headquarters Sirikotha on Monday under the patronage of party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe.
Sirikotha party headquarters said 58 of the 60 CMC members elected under the elephant symbol were present at the meeting,
Municipal Councilor Titus Perera made the above motion while Deputy Mayor Mohamed Iqbal seconded the proposal. Accordingly, all municipal councilors raised their hands in support of the motion and the resolution was passed unanimously.
Addressing the gathering, party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has thanked all those members of the CMC committed their united efforts for the victory of the UNP.
Asserting that he had always acted to protect the party from the past, Ranil Wickremesinghe stressed that at no time the Working Committee gave permission to Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa and his group to form a separate party.
Mr. Wickremesinghe also said that the Working Committee has broadly discussed the issue of forming an alliance.
The party leader, pointing out that the preservation of discipline is essential to the survival of any political party, said already, letters have been sent to the party members, who signed the nominations from another political party in violation of party discipline, to show cause and after considering their responses steps will be taken to expel them from the party.
UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe instructed the UNP Colombo District Manager Lasantha Gunawardena to submit a report after inquiring into the Municipal and Pradeshiya Sabha members who do not continue to support the party or participate in party activities and take legal action against them in consultation with the Legal Division.
All municipal councilors have said that they will work as a team with maximum effort going from house to house to inform the public to ensure the victory of the party leader and the party at the forthcoming election.
Former ministers Ravi Karunanayake, Daya Gamage and Borella organizer ASP. Liyanage and several other activists were present at the occasion.