10:09 AM

Five UNP MPs threaten to sit as independent

A group of five UNP Parliamentarians has decided to work as an independent group in Parliament if the party is not reorganized according to the proposals they have submitted to the leadership, UNP sources said yesterday (8).

The five UNP members demanded for party reforms and a change of policy at a recent working committee meeting of the UNP saying that the party had no future if it continued with its present policies.

They fear that the party reforms they sought may not take place.

A meeting of the UNP seniors to consider the proposals for reforms was scheduled for yesterday at Sirikotha, UNP headquarters. They were expected to draft a report at that meeting, sources said.

The draft report was to be presented at the Working Committee meeting to be held Thursday.

A spokesman for the group of five said they would await the report on party reforms and if their proposals were not to be implemented, they would agitate for them both in and outside Parliament and take to the streets.

He said the group will remain in the UNP but they will join other groups and parties to demand for democratic reforms.