Membership of 5 SLFPers Cancelled

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By Sandun A Jayasekera
President Maithripala Sirisena, who is also Sri Lanka Freedom Party Chairman yesterday cancelled the party membership of Ministers Rajitha Senaratne, Arjuna Ranatunga, S.B. Nawinna, M.K.A.D.S. Gunawardana and Provincial Councillor Hirunika Premachandra on charges of violating the party constitution.

Dr. Senaratne is contesting the general election from the Kalutara District, S.B. Navinna from the Kurunegala District, M.K.A.D.S. Gunawardana from the Trincomalee District and Hirunika Premachandra from the Gampaha district. They have joined the UNFGG and contesting on the United National Party (UNP) ticket.


We have sought a meeting with President Sirisena to discuss the issue and take a final decision as the decision to accept Cabinet portfolios was taken collectively by the CC


They are signatories to the new alliance known as the United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG).
The Presidential Secretariat said the President had taken this decision based on the authority vested in him as party chairman.
It is beleived that Ministers Mahinda Amaraweera, Reginald Cooray, Piyasena Gamage, Janaka Bandara Tennakone, Felix Perera and Lakshmana Yapa Abeywardabna would resign their portfolios on the approval of the UPFA Central Committee.

 “We have sought a meeting with President Sirisena to discuss the issue and take a final decision as the decision to accept Cabinet portfolios of the UNP-led minority government was taken collectively by the CC,” UPFAGeneral Secretary Susil Premachandra said.

“I will resign from my portfolio but I cannot send my letter of resignation to the President without the sanction of the party because the decision to accept ministerial portfolios of the government was taken by the UPFA Central Committee. Therefore, the resignation also must be approved by the CC,” Minister Amarawera said adding that the Central Committee was scheduled to meet soon to decide on this matter.

Minister Reginald Cooray said he would also resign when the UPFA Central Committee approves it.

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