Aug 08, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s major opposition United National Party (UNP) sources say that the party seniors are now in an attempt to bring the three senior leaders who are at loggerheads for the leadership of the party to one stage.
UNP general secretary Tissa Attanayake said separate dialogues are underway now. However, the party sources say the discussions between the UNP leader Ranil Wickremasinghe and the Deputy Leader Karu Jayasuriya last week also were not fruitful to solve the crisis.
UNP parliamentary group is also to meet tomorrow and the leadership crisis is likely to be the focus in the meeting.
UNP activists have said that the leadership crisis will affect the party’s campaign for the 23 local government bodies for which the elections are to be held in October.
Pro-reformists in the UNP blame the current leadership for the party’s failure to win any elections and have requested Wickremasinghe to hand over the leadership to the deputy leader Karu Jayasuriya.
But Wickremasinghe says he is the leader of the UNP and the leader of both UNP members who support him and also criticize him.