Liberal Reiterate That There is No MOU with UPFA

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To Editor of Sunday Island

Liberals Reiterate That There is No MOU with UPFA

Kamal Nissanka

I read the article appeared on your esteemed newspaper” Sunday Island” dated August 2nd, 2015 on the basis of information provided by  Dr.Rajiva Wijesinha(UPFA candidate).  I would be thankful to you if you could give adequate publicity to this reply. However I am not going to reply to all contents but it is worthwhile to answer item 6 of the said article as it is the basis of the contention between Dr Rajiva Wijesinha (elected committee member) and me, Secretary General of the Liberal Party.

Our relationship with UPFA began in 2005 when the party decided to support the candidacy of Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse at the 2005 presidential election. There were members who were opposing that move however majority view prevailed and party involved in Rajapakse campaign under my guidance. It was not Dr Rajiva Wjesinha but me as the Secretary General represented the party at Temple Trees campaign center. There were more than 26 parties supporting Rajapakse campaign.  I addressed more than 25 major rallies as I was a regular invitee of the Temple Trees campaign team. Then by 2010 many politicians from UNP, SLMC, JHU and JNP had crossed over and demand for small parties gradually diminished from Temple Trees campaign center. However I had been regularly invited for major rallies in 2010 too.   I addressed about 20 major rallies of Mahinda Rajapakse and had a healthy relationship.

In December 2014 the Liberal Party took a policy decision to support Mr. Maitripala Sirisena but Mr Ravindra Abeywickrama from Matara opposed this decision. In fact I wanted to build up a solid relationship with the President after the January 8 election but to our amazement the President accepted the chair of SLFP/UPFA for the reasons he justified. Our position in the Maithree –Ranil government diluted because of Dr Wijsinha’s solitary decision to resign from the state ministry he was offered. My working relationship with Dr Wijesinha severed not only because of his resignation from the state ministry but in December last year he compelled two members of the committee Miss Selyna Pieris and Mr Ravindra Abeywickrama  to resign from the party committee. Dr.Wijesinha wanted Ravindra to resign because Ravindra was an ardent supporter of Mahinda Rajapakse. In contrast Dr Wjesinha has now become an obedient blind follower of Rajapakse regime. On this episode Ravindra is having his last laugh now. He is the Liberal Party leading candidate for Matara district contesting under book symbol.

In fact we were unable to sign a  Memorandum of Understanding( MOU) with UPFA (sanctioned by both the President and Mr. Susil Premajantha), yet in March of this year Dr. Wijesinha informed me through e mail that he had received a document from Mr Susil Premajayantha and that he was going to sign it and hand over to Mr Premajayantha. In case if there is any objection from the party he would face disciplinary inquiry from the party. I mailed him stating that I was not bound by such agreement and replied that Liberal Party would contest alone the coming general election.

Dr Wijesinha brought an unfilled set of photo copies of which he had already signed and wanted my signature too. I put my signature on the unfilled photocopy but I noticed that Mr Premajayantha had not signed. Up to date I don’t know the fate of that so called MOU .Even Dr Wijesinha does not know the where about of this unfilled photocopy. That is not the way MOUs are signed.  

There is no dispute that Dr Wijesinha is a well-educated personality in his own academic discipline of English Language and Literature although he is not a scholar in Political Science as our late leader Dr Chanaka Amaratunga or a legal scholar, as our former party member Dr Rohan Edrisinghe. There are common sense formalities and standards in signing MOUs.

Political MOUs are basically documents signed by two party secretaries and it should incorporate various terms and conditions. If there is an MOU between two parties the Election Commissioner should be informed. To our amazement Dr Wijesinha, I or any party member or the election commissioner does not have a copy of such MOU signed by both party secretaries.

The allegation directed at Dr Wijesinha is where the MOU you highly talked of?  If Dr Wijesinha can produce such tomorrow although many of us are not with Mahinda camp we could settle many of the issues erupted in the party.  By final day of the nominations Dr Wijesinha could not produce such MOU to party committee. Thereafter according to wishes of the members, I fielded candidates of our own. If there was a duly signed MOU I would not have fielded candidates from our party.  In a MOU there should be a give and take policy. Not a single member of the party has seen this “illusionary MOU” up to date. The fact remains that there is no duly signed MOU between LP and UPFA. Now Dr Wijesinha has taken a decision to put his name in the UPFA national list. Liberal Party while contesting in four districts had sign a common MOU with Mr Ranil Wickramasinghe and Rev Maduluwawe Sobitha   at the Sri Lanka Foundation institute on the 28th July, 2015.

I, being a lawyer strictly believe that there is no duly signed MOU between LP and UPFA.  On 20th of July 2015 after the secretaries meeting I verbally inquired from the Hon Commissioner of Election whether Mr. Premajayantha had handed over to him any such MOU and he answered in negative.

Eleven of elected members’ supports liberal candidates in Colombo, Kurunegala, Galle and Matara while in other districts the party supports the ‘Good Governance UNF’. Dr Wjesinha is supported by his two disciples from Getamanne  who later became Liberal Party committee members .One of the Vice presidents resigned last week. The president, deputy secretary, treasurer, second vice president, women’s convener, youth convener and other members do not support UPFA .

We have not suspended, sacked or dismissed Dr Wijesinha from the party. For practical reasons and to avoid unnecessary conflicts, I as the secretary of the party have stopped all official communication with him until he produces an MOU with UPFA. After the election the party will take a decision on Dr Wijesinha.  My opinion is in the absence of MOU as he is contesting from UPFA national list by operation of law he has ceased to be a member of the Liberal Party. I have expressed my opinion to Dr Wijesinhe by a letter.  The party will be delighted if Dr Wijesinha could take the membership of the SLFP and getting elected to a MP post.  

The real issue between Dr Wijesinha and the Liberal Party is the majority of the party committee does not want to support UPFA under Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse but Dr Wijesinha’s interests are for UPFA not for the Liberal Party. Now Dr Wijesinha should commit himself to the UPFA campaign without creating troubles for the Liberal Party. In the alternative he can resign from the UPFA national list and devote to our tiny campaign in Kurunegala and Colombo on behalf the Liberal Party.

Kamal Nissanka

Secretary General

The Liberal Party

August 4, 2015

 

 Words:1208

To Editor of Sunday Island

Liberals Reiterate That There is No MOU with UPFA

Kamal Nissanka

I read the article appeared on your esteemed newspaper” Sunday Island” dated August 2nd, 2015 on the basis of information provided by  Dr.Rajiva Wijesinha(UPFA candidate).  I would be thankful to you if you could give adequate publicity to this reply. However I am not going to reply to all contents but it is worthwhile to answer item 6 of the said article as it is the basis of the contention between Dr Rajiva Wijesinha (elected committee member) and me, Secretary General of the Liberal Party.

Our relationship with UPFA began in 2005 when the party decided to support the candidacy of Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse at the 2005 presidential election. There were members who were opposing that move however majority view prevailed and party involved in Rajapakse campaign under my guidance. It was not Dr Rajiva Wjesinha but me as the Secretary General represented the party at Temple Trees campaign center. There were more than 26 parties supporting Rajapakse campaign.  I addressed more than 25 major rallies as I was a regular invitee of the Temple Trees campaign team. Then by 2010 many politicians from UNP, SLMC, JHU and JNP had crossed over and demand for small parties gradually diminished from Temple Trees campaign center. However I had been regularly invited for major rallies in 2010 too.   I addressed about 20 major rallies of Mahinda Rajapakse and had a healthy relationship.

In December 2014 the Liberal Party took a policy decision to support Mr. Maitripala Sirisena but Mr Ravindra Abeywickrama from Matara opposed this decision. In fact I wanted to build up a solid relationship with the President after the January 8 election but to our amazement the President accepted the chair of SLFP/UPFA for the reasons he justified. Our position in the Maithree –Ranil government diluted because of Dr Wijsinha’s solitary decision to resign from the state ministry he was offered. My working relationship with Dr Wijesinha severed not only because of his resignation from the state ministry but in December last year he compelled two members of the committee Miss Selyna Pieris and Mr Ravindra Abeywickrama  to resign from the party committee. Dr.Wijesinha wanted Ravindra to resign because Ravindra was an ardent supporter of Mahinda Rajapakse. In contrast Dr Wjesinha has now become an obedient blind follower of Rajapakse regime. On this episode Ravindra is having his last laugh now. He is the Liberal Party leading candidate for Matara district contesting under book symbol.

In fact we were unable to sign a  Memorandum of Understanding( MOU) with UPFA (sanctioned by both the President and Mr. Susil Premajantha), yet in March of this year Dr. Wijesinha informed me through e mail that he had received a document from Mr Susil Premajayantha and that he was going to sign it and hand over to Mr Premajayantha. In case if there is any objection from the party he would face disciplinary inquiry from the party. I mailed him stating that I was not bound by such agreement and replied that Liberal Party would contest alone the coming general election.

Dr Wijesinha brought an unfilled set of photo copies of which he had already signed and wanted my signature too. I put my signature on the unfilled photocopy but I noticed that Mr Premajayantha had not signed. Up to date I don’t know the fate of that so called MOU .Even Dr Wijesinha does not know the where about of this unfilled photocopy. That is not the way MOUs are signed.  

There is no dispute that Dr Wijesinha is a well-educated personality in his own academic discipline of English Language and Literature although he is not a scholar in Political Science as our late leader Dr Chanaka Amaratunga or a legal scholar, as our former party member Dr Rohan Edrisinghe. There are common sense formalities and standards in signing MOUs.

Political MOUs are basically documents signed by two party secretaries and it should incorporate various terms and conditions. If there is an MOU between two parties the Election Commissioner should be informed. To our amazement Dr Wijesinha, I or any party member or the election commissioner does not have a copy of such MOU signed by both party secretaries.

The allegation directed at Dr Wijesinha is where the MOU you highly talked of?  If Dr Wijesinha can produce such tomorrow although many of us are not with Mahinda camp we could settle many of the issues erupted in the party.  By final day of the nominations Dr Wijesinha could not produce such MOU to party committee. Thereafter according to wishes of the members, I fielded candidates of our own. If there was a duly signed MOU I would not have fielded candidates from our party.  In a MOU there should be a give and take policy. Not a single member of the party has seen this “illusionary MOU” up to date. The fact remains that there is no duly signed MOU between LP and UPFA. Now Dr Wijesinha has taken a decision to put his name in the UPFA national list. Liberal Party while contesting in four districts had sign a common MOU with Mr Ranil Wickramasinghe and Rev Maduluwawe Sobitha   at the Sri Lanka Foundation institute on the 28th July, 2015.

I, being a lawyer strictly believe that there is no duly signed MOU between LP and UPFA.  On 20th of July 2015 after the secretaries meeting I verbally inquired from the Hon Commissioner of Election whether Mr. Premajayantha had handed over to him any such MOU and he answered in negative.

Eleven of elected members’ supports liberal candidates in Colombo, Kurunegala, Galle and Matara while in other districts the party supports the ‘Good Governance UNF’. Dr Wjesinha is supported by his two disciples from Getamanne  who later became Liberal Party committee members .One of the Vice presidents resigned last week. The president, deputy secretary, treasurer, second vice president, women’s convener, youth convener and other members do not support UPFA .

We have not suspended, sacked or dismissed Dr Wijesinha from the party. For practical reasons and to avoid unnecessary conflicts, I as the secretary of the party have stopped all official communication with him until he produces an MOU with UPFA. After the election the party will take a decision on Dr Wijesinha.  My opinion is in the absence of MOU as he is contesting from UPFA national list by operation of law he has ceased to be a member of the Liberal Party. I have expressed my opinion to Dr Wijesinhe by a letter.  The party will be delighted if Dr Wijesinha could take the membership of the SLFP and getting elected to a MP post.  

The real issue between Dr Wijesinha and the Liberal Party is the majority of the party committee does not want to support UPFA under Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse but Dr Wijesinha’s interests are for UPFA not for the Liberal Party. Now Dr Wijesinha should commit himself to the UPFA campaign without creating troubles for the Liberal Party. In the alternative he can resign from the UPFA national list and devote to our tiny campaign in Kurunegala and Colombo on behalf the Liberal Party.

Kamal Nissanka

Secretary General

The Liberal Party

August 4, 2015

 

 Words:1208

To Editor of Sunday Island

Liberals Reiterate That There is No MOU with UPFA

Kamal Nissanka

I read the article appeared on your esteemed newspaper” Sunday Island” dated August 2nd, 2015 on the basis of information provided by  Dr.Rajiva Wijesinha(UPFA candidate).  I would be thankful to you if you could give adequate publicity to this reply. However I am not going to reply to all contents but it is worthwhile to answer item 6 of the said article as it is the basis of the contention between Dr Rajiva Wijesinha (elected committee member) and me, Secretary General of the Liberal Party.

Our relationship with UPFA began in 2005 when the party decided to support the candidacy of Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse at the 2005 presidential election. There were members who were opposing that move however majority view prevailed and party involved in Rajapakse campaign under my guidance. It was not Dr Rajiva Wjesinha but me as the Secretary General represented the party at Temple Trees campaign center. There were more than 26 parties supporting Rajapakse campaign.  I addressed more than 25 major rallies as I was a regular invitee of the Temple Trees campaign team. Then by 2010 many politicians from UNP, SLMC, JHU and JNP had crossed over and demand for small parties gradually diminished from Temple Trees campaign center. However I had been regularly invited for major rallies in 2010 too.   I addressed about 20 major rallies of Mahinda Rajapakse and had a healthy relationship.

In December 2014 the Liberal Party took a policy decision to support Mr. Maitripala Sirisena but Mr Ravindra Abeywickrama from Matara opposed this decision. In fact I wanted to build up a solid relationship with the President after the January 8 election but to our amazement the President accepted the chair of SLFP/UPFA for the reasons he justified. Our position in the Maithree –Ranil government diluted because of Dr Wijsinha’s solitary decision to resign from the state ministry he was offered. My working relationship with Dr Wijesinha severed not only because of his resignation from the state ministry but in December last year he compelled two members of the committee Miss Selyna Pieris and Mr Ravindra Abeywickrama  to resign from the party committee. Dr.Wijesinha wanted Ravindra to resign because Ravindra was an ardent supporter of Mahinda Rajapakse. In contrast Dr Wjesinha has now become an obedient blind follower of Rajapakse regime. On this episode Ravindra is having his last laugh now. He is the Liberal Party leading candidate for Matara district contesting under book symbol.

In fact we were unable to sign a  Memorandum of Understanding( MOU) with UPFA (sanctioned by both the President and Mr. Susil Premajantha), yet in March of this year Dr. Wijesinha informed me through e mail that he had received a document from Mr Susil Premajayantha and that he was going to sign it and hand over to Mr Premajayantha. In case if there is any objection from the party he would face disciplinary inquiry from the party. I mailed him stating that I was not bound by such agreement and replied that Liberal Party would contest alone the coming general election.

Dr Wijesinha brought an unfilled set of photo copies of which he had already signed and wanted my signature too. I put my signature on the unfilled photocopy but I noticed that Mr Premajayantha had not signed. Up to date I don’t know the fate of that so called MOU .Even Dr Wijesinha does not know the where about of this unfilled photocopy. That is not the way MOUs are signed.  

There is no dispute that Dr Wijesinha is a well-educated personality in his own academic discipline of English Language and Literature although he is not a scholar in Political Science as our late leader Dr Chanaka Amaratunga or a legal scholar, as our former party member Dr Rohan Edrisinghe. There are common sense formalities and standards in signing MOUs.

Political MOUs are basically documents signed by two party secretaries and it should incorporate various terms and conditions. If there is an MOU between two parties the Election Commissioner should be informed. To our amazement Dr Wijesinha, I or any party member or the election commissioner does not have a copy of such MOU signed by both party secretaries.

The allegation directed at Dr Wijesinha is where the MOU you highly talked of?  If Dr Wijesinha can produce such tomorrow although many of us are not with Mahinda camp we could settle many of the issues erupted in the party.  By final day of the nominations Dr Wijesinha could not produce such MOU to party committee. Thereafter according to wishes of the members, I fielded candidates of our own. If there was a duly signed MOU I would not have fielded candidates from our party.  In a MOU there should be a give and take policy. Not a single member of the party has seen this “illusionary MOU” up to date. The fact remains that there is no duly signed MOU between LP and UPFA. Now Dr Wijesinha has taken a decision to put his name in the UPFA national list. Liberal Party while contesting in four districts had sign a common MOU with Mr Ranil Wickramasinghe and Rev Maduluwawe Sobitha   at the Sri Lanka Foundation institute on the 28th July, 2015.

I, being a lawyer strictly believe that there is no duly signed MOU between LP and UPFA.  On 20th of July 2015 after the secretaries meeting I verbally inquired from the Hon Commissioner of Election whether Mr. Premajayantha had handed over to him any such MOU and he answered in negative.

Eleven of elected members’ supports liberal candidates in Colombo, Kurunegala, Galle and Matara while in other districts the party supports the ‘Good Governance UNF’. Dr Wjesinha is supported by his two disciples from Getamanne  who later became Liberal Party committee members .One of the Vice presidents resigned last week. The president, deputy secretary, treasurer, second vice president, women’s convener, youth convener and other members do not support UPFA .

We have not suspended, sacked or dismissed Dr Wijesinha from the party. For practical reasons and to avoid unnecessary conflicts, I as the secretary of the party have stopped all official communication with him until he produces an MOU with UPFA. After the election the party will take a decision on Dr Wijesinha.  My opinion is in the absence of MOU as he is contesting from UPFA national list by operation of law he has ceased to be a member of the Liberal Party. I have expressed my opinion to Dr Wijesinhe by a letter.  The party will be delighted if Dr Wijesinha could take the membership of the SLFP and getting elected to a MP post.  

The real issue between Dr Wijesinha and the Liberal Party is the majority of the party committee does not want to support UPFA under Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse but Dr Wijesinha’s interests are for UPFA not for the Liberal Party. Now Dr Wijesinha should commit himself to the UPFA campaign without creating troubles for the Liberal Party. In the alternative he can resign from the UPFA national list and devote to our tiny campaign in Kurunegala and Colombo on behalf the Liberal Party.

Kamal Nissanka

Secretary General

The Liberal Party

August 4, 2015

 

 Words:1208

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