UNP MP Karu Jayasuriya said that he would not participate in the rally to be held today at Hyde park
In a statement issued to the media the MP said that he took this decision after a great deal of thought.
“I will ultimately bow to the majority will of the party, as exercised through the UNP Working Committee. Most importantly, I cannot in good conscience take a step that will almost certainly further divide and weaken my party. Therefore after a great deal of thought I have decided not to attend the rally at Hyde park today. I hope my party will cease and desist from penalizing and exacting revenge from those members who answer the call of conscience. To do so would only serve the interests of the ruling administration that thrives on a weakened and fractured opposition” he said.
Meanwhile, UNP MP's Range Bandara, Palitha Thewarapperuma and Ashoka Abeysinghe are currently on the stage together with former Amry Commander Sarath Fonseka and a host of others.(Yohan Perera & Hafeel Farisz)