Senior vice president of the UNP Ravi Karunanayake is leading efforts for the replacement.
Karunanayake summoned a special meeting of the party’s youth front, of which Jayawardena is a leading figure, at Guruge Halla at Ja-Ela yesterday (23).
However, Perera and his supporters stormed the meeting and created trouble.
When Perera tried to address the gathering, MP Karunanayake’s supporters disconnected the speakers.
However, Perera made a speech, where he strongly reprimanded Karunanayake.
As the former minister was leaving, Karunanayake’s supporters booed him.
Perera then telephoned UNP chairman Malik Ssamarawickrama and general secretary Kabir Hashim and inquired about his organizer position.
Sirikotha sources say they had told him that they were unaware of anything.
MP Jayawardena is a son of the late Dr. Jayalath Jayawardena.