A row has erupted between former Former UNP Minister Sunethra Ranasinghe and Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia`s UNP Mayor Dhanasiri Amaratunga as the party campaigns to retain this major surburban Municipal Council in this month`s election.
Ms. Ranasinghe the daughter of a former Dehiwela-Mt. Lavinia Mayor S. de S. Jayasinghe said it was wrong for Mr. Amaratunga to say that UNP leader Ranil Wickermesinghe had not approved her nomination to contest the local council election.
?My candidature was approved by the party`s nomination board. I have worked for the UNP for more than 20 years and am fully aware of party ethics and as such was careful not to violate them?, she said.
Ms. Ranasinghe said she had at no time accused Mr. Amaratunga`s administration of being corrupt and added that as a party member she would not criticize a fellow-member publicly.
She said she had the potential to become the mayor.
?During my political career I have done a lot of work for the people of the area and am capable of doing more in the future?, she added.
However Mr. Amaratunga in a statement said Ms. Ranasinghe has claimed that she is the Mayoral candidate although the party has not named candidates for any local body other than the Colombo Municipal Council.
Mr. Amaratunga said the party leadership were hoping to advise Ms. Ranasinghe against acting in a manner detrimental to the party and added that the UNP leader and deputy leader had confirmed that the person who polled the highest number of votes would be appointed Mayor.