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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 constitution.
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 now.