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Breaching party discipline: SLFP gets tough with rebels

The Central Committee of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) which met yesterday evening under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena decided to take disciplinary action against several members who breached party discipline.

Deputy Minister Shantha Bandara said that the CC had decided to suspend the membership of a group of former Local Government members in the Kurunegala district who torched the letters sent to them by the party.

The group of former LG members while torching the letters sent by the party calling them for interviews to choose members for the upcoming LG polls had stated they would contest the polls under a separate party which will be formed by former President, Kurunegala district MP Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Meanwhile, UPFA General Secretary, Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said the CC had decided to refer Puttalam district MP Sanath Nishantha to the SLFP disciplinary committee.

Nishantha had reportedly launched a verbal barrage against President Sirisena during a recent television show.

He said that the CC will also refer to the disciplinary committee some SLFP members who participated in the anti-government protest march “Jana Satana Pada Yatra”.

Amaraweera, however said that the CC was yet to name the members who would be referred for such disciplinary action.

The UPFA general secretary hinted that if the disciplinary committee find such members guilty they may loose their party membership.

Amaraweera said that the CC had discussed about the party convention; preparations for the upcoming LG polls and strengthening the party at the grassroots level.

However, joint opposition member Kumara Welgama, MP noted that the SLFP seniors had not indicated directly or indirectly about disciplinary action against the SLFP members who participated in the paada yathra.

“But some pole-vaulters from the UNP were quite vociferous in criticizing us. They joined the party recently. We should not take their comments seriously,” he added.

When queried whether the CC had discussed about action to be taken against those who hooted at the SLFP headquarters in Darley Road when the Paada Yathra was passing it, Welgama said that the matter was not taken up.

Meanwhile the SLFP seniors had reportedly met party leader, President Sirisena before the CC meeting.

This is the first time the CC met after some SLFP members and parliamentarians participated in the anti-government protest march Jana Satana Pada Yathra.

SLFP General Secretary, Minister Duminda Dissanayake earlier said the party would take disciplinary action against those who participated in the march despite orders not to.

He also said action will be taken against those who hooted at the SLFP headquarters in Darley Road.

 

 


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