The party leadership should also get back young politicians including Johnston Fernando, Dayasiri Jayasekara and Dhanasiri Amaratunga who have joined the SLFP, Karunanayake told a meeting of young party members of Colombo at his office at Mutwal yesterday (18).
Karunanayake said a crucial surgery would have to be performed to strengthen the party in order to form a UNP government in 2020.
Commenting about the leadership crisis in the party, he said temporary solutions were pointless any further.
Those who attack the leader get party places
Those who protect the leader have no place in the party and are repressed, and those who publicly criticize and attack him receive all the privileges and position, according to him.
During the party clashes, those who would protect Ranil Wickremesinghe leave the party with disappointment and are succeeded by persons without any experience, he said.
Answering a question, Karunanayake said a sudden removal of Wickremesinghe as the party leader was what the opponents expected to happen as it would break the party into pieces.
The best solution is to form a leadership council, he said.
UNP needs a general secretary like Tilvyn
Asked if Kabir Hashim was to be replaced by Akila Viraj Kariyawasam as the general secretary, he said the position needed a talented person with a full-time commitment, like Tilvyn Silva for the JVP.
Also, Sirikotha needed a mechanism to identify young talent at grassroots level and encourage them to go up in the ladder, said Karunanayake.
He went onto say that a serious political crisis was brewing due to party leaders working with the target of the 2020 presidential election, and also endangering the continuation of the present regime.
This has arisen due to the disregard for the ‘January 08’ public mandate, he said, adding that the policies of the late Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera should be taken forward, including the abolition of the executive presidency.