The difference between the UNP led by Ranil Wickremesinghe and our group was that Ranil`s UNP works with a selfish motive, thinks about the party first and to come to power in a hurry. But we think first about the country. Normally we do not consider the colour, party or other differences but unite in front of the National flag but Ranil Wickremesinghe does not consider even that, UNP rebel group spokesman R. A. D. Sirisena told The Island yesterday (15).
Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe was known as Mr. Clean about a decade ago, because he never insulted anyone then. But now it had become a habitual occurrence to insult someone and Mr. Clean is now known as Mr. Bean, he said.
UNP was a distinguished party which inherited the Sri Lankan culture, but now it was deteriorating so fast that the members of the party are feeling very bad about it. The JHU was formed by UNP members and supporters to fill that vacuum. The JHU does not have any SLFP or JVP members in its ranks but UNPers who were disillusioned at the present state of the party. There were leaders like Dudley Senanayaka who had respected the Buddhist traditions and it was Karu Jayasuriya who followed the same tradition in the recent past.
If one cannot express his views in clear and correct language then it was better not to speak, the Speaker W. J. M. Lokubandara had warned an audience at a recent meeting. We directly attack the UNP leader but people in the UNP now indirectly tell their leader how the language should be used. As said in Sattubatta Jataka the parrot learns language of his environment. Earlier it was Karu Jayasuriya, Milinda Moragoda and others who advised Ranil Wickremesinghe, but now it was juniors like Range Bandara, Johnston Fernando, Mahinda Ratnatilake and Duminda Silva who were advising him and naturally their language was different. If the UNP comes to power even accidentally, will these people become ministers, he queried.
It would have been much better if Ranil Wickremesinghe stopped addressing public meetings in Sinhala. There was considerable erosion in the UNP today and a large number of Provincial Council members, Pradeshiya Sabha members and grassroots level party activists joining the UNP rebel group. It was like floodgates opened and no one in the party could stop the exodus. We are holding a number of seminars across the country to educate party members about the policy programme of the rebel group and the next seminar will be held at Matara on Friday (17), he noted.