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SLFP suspends membership of five National List MPs

15 September, 2019

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has decided to suspend the membership of SLFP National List parliamentarians S.B. Dissanayake, Dilan Perera, Wijith Wijayamuni Zoysa, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena and A.H.M. Fowzie.

According to the General Secretary of the party, Dayasiri Jayasekara, the SLFP will suspend the party membership of these five MPs and conduct disciplinary inquiries against them soon.

“Charge sheets will be sent to them after they are suspended from party membership and disciplinary inquiries will be conducted against these five SLFP MPs for supporting other political parties while holding SLFP membership. They have already been removed from the positions they held in the party,” he said.

Jayasekara said the SLFP party hierarchy had previously called explanations from the five MPs who have joined the SLPP and the UNP. However, we cannot be satisfied with the explanations given by them, and therefore a decision has been taken to suspend their party membership and conduct disciplinary inquiries against them, he said.

However, according to Jayasekera, the parliamentary seats of the five MPs will not be revoked. In order to revoke their parliamentary seats, the party has to conduct further inquiries against them, he explained.

SLFP parliamentarians S.B. Dissanayake and Dilan Perera obtained membership of the SLPP on August 29. Before them, SLFP MP Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena joined the SLPP while SLFP MPs A.H.M. Fowzie and Wijith Wijayamuni Zoysa crossed over to the government last year.

The SLFP Central Committee recently removed MP S.B. Dissanayake from his position as Treasurer of the SLFP and appointed MP Lasantha Alagiyawanna as the new Treasurer. SLFP parliamentarian A.H.M. Fowzie told the Sunday Observer that he also came to know the decision taken by the SLFP to suspend his party membership through the media. “I have not received any notice from the party up to now. Therefore, until I receive the notice, I am not in a position to comment on it.”

MP Fowzie said earlier the SLFP called for explanation and he has also given his reply in writing. “In my reply, I categorically stated that I have not joined the UNP and I am still a member of the SLFP. I still pay a Rs. 3,000 membership fee. We are yet members of the SLFP. So how can the SLFP suspend our party membership? I flatly refute the claim that I have joined the UNP.”

Speaking on the issue, MP S.B. Dissanayake said that only the President of the party can suspend anyone from the SLFP according to the party constitution.“Only the Central Committee can remove our membership. In that process, there should be a disciplinary inquiry too. However, the General Secretary also can prepare a special report on the member, and then submit it to the Central Committee (CC) and then remove their membership. But the CC was not convened today, yesterday or the day before yesterday. We are also aware that the last CC meeting held weeks ago did not take such a decision. Therefore, the meaning of Jayasekera’s statement is not clear,” Dissanayake said.