The decision to not allow the former mayor of Colombo A.J.M Muzammil to contest in the upcoming polls has caused a crisis within the UNP. According to sources, Muzammil had requested to compete against SLFP’s Azad Sally prior to the handing over of nominations. However, his request had been turned down due to the pressure of certain individuals within the party which is said to be creating a crisis within the party now according to Sirikotha sources.
He had guaranteed that he would leave the post of High Commissioner to Malaysia and if he wins he would not seek for the position of Mayor.
While Colombo District leader Ravi Karunanayake, President of the part Malik Samarawickrama and Secretary Kabir Hashim had agreed to the proposal it was later withdrawn due to serious opposition to it.
According to sources, the issue has caused a great upset among a group of Muslim UNP stalwarts.
It has also become a serious political issue of contention as under the new electoral system forming UNP local governments have become a concern for the party.
Min Champika analyzes
'Establishing of local government institutions to become a problem”
'According to Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, Patali Champika Ranawaka establishing local governments will become a serious issue under current circumstances.
The upcoming election will decide the fate of many major political parties he said adding that this will be caused by the new electoral system. The Minister has predicted that therefore many parties will have to join hands to establish the local governments as a result.