Sri Lanka’s main opposition member to challenge appointment of party’s National Organizer in court

May 11, Colombo: A parliamentarian from Sri Lanka’s main opposition United National Party (UNP) is to file petition in court today challenging the appointment of parliamentarian Ravi Karunanayaka as the party’s National Organizer.

The petition will be filed to seek an enjoining order against the appointment claiming it was done in violation of the party Constitution.

The name of UNP MP Ranjith Madduma Bandara was proposed to the post of National Organizer at the UNP’s interim Working Committee as well as at the new Working Committee meeting.

However, party leader Ranil Wickremasinghe loyalist Karunanayaka was appointed to the post by the party leader claiming there was a consensus to the appointment.

A member of the UNP’s pro-reforms group told Colombo Page that Karunanayaka’s appointment was in violation of the Constitution as the National Organizer had to be appointed by the interim Working Committee that appointed the rest of the office bearers and also another person’s name was proposed to the post.

The member confirmed that the group would institute legal action against the appointment.

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