It is said that this measure is being taken on the instructions of the UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe.
Arrangements have also been made to hold a special Working Committee meeting of the party, at the UNP headquarters - 'Sirikotha' on Monday morning. Several suitable individuals including Deputy Leader, Chairman and Treasurer are to be appointed during the meeting.
According to party sources, Ruwan Wijewardene and Vajira Abeywardena will come forward for the post of Deputy Leader. The party leadership has also decided to hold a vote only if necessary.
The Deputy Leader will be tasked with expediting the reforming of party affiliated organisations including all trade unions, media organizations, women's organizations and intellectuals' organizations.