UNP Reformists To Take Ranil To Court
By Nirmala Kannangara
The UNP reformist group is considering legal action against UNP leader Ranil Wickremasinghe for allegedly violating the party constitution by deciding to hold elections for the party leadership only once in six years.
Member of the Southern Provincial Council, Maithri Gunaratne said that the reformist group is planning to challenge the Working Committee decision in courts at the earliest.
“According to the party constitution Article 6(1) B, the power of amending the constitution is with the National Executive Committee (NEC). The NEC can propose any amendment to the constitution and forward it to the Working Committee (WC). In terms of article 7 (3) of the WC, they have the power to put the NEC proposals before the party convention. But none of these procedures have been followed by the party at the Working Committee meeting last week,” said Gunaratne.
Gunaratne further said that Wickremasinghe has failed to summon the NEC from the time the new constitution was adopted.
“Therefore this is totally against the party constitution and the working committee has absolutely no power to adopt such a decision last week. Ranil Wickremasinghe has used the working committee to perform this illegal act,” claimed Gunaratne.
According to Gunaratne, this is the third occasion the UNP leader has violated its constitution from the time of its adaptation in 2010.
“First it was the appointment of Ravi Karunanayake as the National Organizer when Ranjith Madduma Bandara’s name was proposed and seconded. Then appointing the WC of his (Wickremasinghe) own choice. Subsequently he got the same WC to appoint him as the UNP leader for the second time on December 19, 2011. He then held party election violating the provision of secret ballot. As the President of the Independent Democratic Union, Wickremasinghe has completely tarnished the democracy and fair play within his party by demonstrating that he is an absolute dictator who has no respect to democracy,” added Gunaratne.