Written by Tharushan Fernando
05 Aug, 2016 | 8:19 pm
The central working committee of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party has decided to suspend the party membership of Puttalam district MP Sanath Nishantha.
The central working committee of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party convened on Thursday evening under patronage of the chairman of the party, President Maithripala Sirisena. A group including working committee member MP Kumara Welgama who represents the joint opposition also attended the meeting.
The meeting lasted for three hours.
SLFP Working Committee Member Shantha Bandara commented on the burning of summoning letters were burnt by the candidates stating that the the central committee unanimously agreed that this was “a cheap act”.
He added that it was decided unanimously to take disciplinary action against them, and that the summoning letter was sent after they applied, and based on the party discipline, setting these letter on fire is a cheap act and that therefore the party membership of these individuals will be revoked.
He further added that the disciplinary committee will compile a report for SLFP members who attended the Padha Yathra.
General Secretary of the UPFA, Minister Mahinda Amaraweera stated that it was decided at the central committee meeting to not let the councillors of the Kurunegala district who burnt the summoning letters with regard to the local government elections, contest in the election under the SLFP.
According to General Secretary of the UPFA they have also been removed from the party.
Meanwhile, addressing an event in Colombo, the Minister of Local Government and Provincial Councils, Faiszer Musthapha expressed that certain decision were taken in regard to the discipline of the party – and the central committee took a decision to suspend the membership of MP Nishantha based on disciplinary issues.
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