|Rajitha to mediate between
Ranil and SB
UNP firebrand Dr. Rajitha Seneratne
has been asked by party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe to mediate
between the leadership and S.B. Dissanayake to iron out the
recent differences of opinion on reforms to the party
Wickremesinghe who earlier dismissed the pressure for reforms
has had a lengthy discussion with Senaratne on Friday evening
and had requested him to mediate between the various groups and
bring everyone to a common ground on party reforms.
At the meeting Wickremesinghe had inquired from Senaratne what
sort of reforms he expects in the party to which Senaratne had
replied that they were the same as those proposed by S.B.
Dissanayake. Wickremesinghe had then explained that he did not
have a problem with the proposals but since there were several
factions proposing various reforms to speak with all and bring
them to a common understanding.
Senaratne had promptly informed the discussion he had with
Wickremesinghe to Deputy Leader Karu Jayasuriya and S.B.
Dissanayake. Dr. Rajitha Senaratane said he will meet a
representative of UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe today and will
further discuss with Karu Jayasuriya and S.B. Dissanayake on
Monday to bring about a common understanding on the reforms.
There was a similar meeting between Wickremesinghe and Dr.
Senaratne in Singapore on the last occasion when reforms were
proposed to the UNP structure.
Following that meeting the buildup against the party leader was
defused, but insiders are querrying whether the leadership
delivered what was promised at the Singapore meeting between
Wickremesinghe, Dr Senaratne and Ravi Karunanayake.
Others say that Wickremesinghe who took a very tough stand on
the proposals made by Dissanayake had apparently softened up