By Somapala Gunadheera –
The UNP has shown its colours at the Uva Provincial Council election after a long time but it appears to have fallen into turmoil even before the cheering died down. The General Secretary has resigned and a tussle has started over the second post in the hierarchy. The Party faces the threat of falling back to square one unless the row is settled with no loss of time.
The native saying goes, “Don’t tighten your loin cloth with the sea seven ‘govvas’ away”. It means that one should act only when action is due and should not waste energy in anticipation. The UNP appears to be the only Party obsessed with prematurely naming the successor to its current leader. No one knows who would succeed the present leader of the SLFP. JVP’s new leader was known only after his predecessor resigned. Mavai Senathiraja became leader of the TULF not by virtue of a post he held but by being appointed by his Party after Sampanthan stood down. Posts in all other Parties are routine appointments and they are never touted as qualifications for promotion.
Personally, I have no political interest in the UNP or in any other Party. As a matter of fact. However, as a citizen, I am only interested in good governance. There cannot be good governance in a country where the Opposition is in tatters.
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