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A group of three UNP MPs, whose party membership was suspended yesterday, claimed they have not been formally informed of such a decision through written or verbal means until now.

Speaking at a media briefing a short while ago, UNP MP Palitha Range Bandara said, “We have heard various reports concerning our party membership through media reports. However, we have not received any official notice concerning the suspension of our membership through any officials of the party by written or verbal means.”

UNP General secretary Tissa Attanayake yesterday said the party memberships of five MPs including Palitha Range Bandara, P.Thevarapperuma, A. Abeysinghe as well as and two other UNP provincial councilors have been suspended for taking part in a rally held at the Hyde Park on Thursday, organized by the National Bhikku Front (NBF).

MP Bandara says none of the MPs or provincial councilors was informed to refrain from attending the NBF rally on Thursday. “A discussion on participating at the rally at Hyde Park was held on Thursday at the working committee meeting. However, only two MPs – Mangala Samaraweera and Shanthini Kongahage, along with our party leader Ranil
Wickremasinghe seemed to believe it was unnecessary to attend the rally. Six other working committee members including MP Sajith Premadasa, MP Ranjith Madduma Bandara and the mayor of Colombo A. J. M. Muzammil did not object to attending the rally,” MP Bandara explained.

He also said, the debate was limited to a discussion and added no formal decision was made to refrain from participating in the rally. “The majority of working committee members did not express any objection to MPs or provincial councilors attending the meeting. If a decision was to be made to abstain from attending the rally, it should have been voted on,” he said they see no wrong in having attended the NBF rally because as citizens of Sri Lanka, they are entitled to the freedom of assembly and freedom of expression.

Speaking further he said, the NBF has pledged their support to the UNP MPs who attended their rally. “They have informed us that they will be rise against the dictatorial administration of the UNP, if any action is taken against us for participating in the rally held on Thursday.”

Meanwhile, MP Bandara also said they believe all opposition parties including the UNP should have attended the rally and benefitted through it as was mainly directed at the Sinhala Buddhist voters. “The UNP’s Sinhala Buddhist voter base at present is only 22%, as opposed to the 55% of the government. For the UNP to rise to power, it is compulsory to appeal to the majority of the Sinhala Buddhist voter base in order to gain a majority of 74%,” he added. (Lakna Paranamanna)



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  • Paul Albert Saturday, 20 October 2012 05:54 PM

    Please dont upgrade this guy, he is not minister

    king Saturday, 20 October 2012 06:07 PM

    vision for 2014.. unity and win for people .. only man is ranil we have now !

    Look Up Saturday, 20 October 2012 06:26 PM

    do not worry about the strenghless opposition just go with your own pattern. Even another decade or two no chance for Elephant as long as this leadership remains

    Matalan Monday, 22 October 2012 07:08 AM

    t's the wrongs and in-fighting within UNP and disunity within the opposition that keeps this Govt. afloat despite its destruction of this country.

    Chams Saturday, 20 October 2012 08:34 AM

    It looks like UNP is getting further divided. The entire opposition including JVP is currently strayed which is very good for government.

    king Saturday, 20 October 2012 09:10 AM

    now start vomiting... such a shame man ! one leader one party one policy will lead people to victory !
    learn or get lost !

    Jonny Saturday, 20 October 2012 09:45 AM

    One Leader ,One party, under this leader Lost. King we agree with you but How many times he Lost. He forget the Poor man. see how MR, talking of Poor working for Elite and wins elections.

    GOODNIGHT Saturday, 20 October 2012 10:40 AM

    TRUE. EITHER GO WITH THE PARTY OR GET LOST.

    teader Saturday, 20 October 2012 12:00 AM

    but there is no leader but a looser in UNP via DM Android App

    thilak Saturday, 20 October 2012 11:12 AM

    Hon M. P , Now you can't go home even

    Paul Albert Saturday, 20 October 2012 11:30 AM

    If you want to get 74 % you should be with your party leader, not with others

    Rimzan Hassan Sunday, 21 October 2012 05:50 AM

    Good but Suspend the leader first

    dass Saturday, 20 October 2012 12:02 PM

    baila

    Sam. Saturday, 20 October 2012 01:04 PM

    Hello Mr .Bandara, you swallowed a D rope. You have ruined your future and Puttalam has lost a honest man because of selfish companions. SF has no future in politics if he does not recognize Ranil's leadership in UNP . See how Sajith identified his his political path at the last moment whatever the differences he had with Ranil!

    kapa ta pissu Saturday, 20 October 2012 01:54 PM

    Hey Minister, Dont act like you can get 1% of UNP votes in any kind of election. You are as bad as other thugs in politics. We know the charactors. If SF wins and willing to clear up roudy politicians, you could be the first victim. Just leave UNP cos it was ruined by people like you. When did you do any good and positive activity to attract any voters? You can't and you wont

    Big Ears Saturday, 20 October 2012 02:57 PM

    For Billa dancers, not the rest.

    krishna Sunday, 21 October 2012 12:58 PM

    Range,If you are OK with your conscience we don`t bother.

    Imran Hussein Saturday, 20 October 2012 03:48 PM

    Absolutely.


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