The main opposition United National Party is once again taking stock following its disastrous defeat in the recently concluded provincial elections, party insiders say.
The UNP defeat has resulted once more in a clamour for its leader Ranil Wickremesinghe to step down and make way for change.
UNP MP Harin Fernando told a news conference today that the leadership was seriously considering proposals for change put forward by several factions within the party.
Speculation is rife that the UNP may seek to field parliamentarians Karu Jayasuriya, Sajith Premadasa and Harin Fernando as its chief minister candidates at the upcoming Western, Southern and Uva provincial elections to give the party a fighting chance.
However anti Ranil factions within the UNP warn that the plan maybe another strategy by the party leader to neutralize the three MPs.
Meanwhile plans are afoot to also reappointJayasuriya to the party’s working committee at its next meeting in early October it is learnt.