UNP tells Jayasekera to show cause

The United National Party (UNP) has called upon its Kurunegala District parliamentarian Dayasiri Jayasekera to explain why disciplinary action should not be taken against him over two controversial issues.

The two issues, listed by General Secretary Tissa Attanayake, are:

(1) Writing to a Sinhala daily newspaper contradicting a report that the party’s Working Committee had decided to take action against seven dissident MPs for voting in favour of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution. (2) Interrupting Dr. Jayalath Jayawardena, when he was on a live programme on a private television channel, to say that the Working Committee had taken no decision to deal disciplinarily with the seven MPs.

In a letter dated September 2, Dr. Jayawardena told UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe that he took part in the TV programme after obtaining his approval. He said his mission was to project the party’s viewpoints. However, in an unfriendly move, Mr. Jayasekera had interrupted through phone-in facility when the programme was under way. He was to insist that the Working Committee had not taken a decision to take disciplinary action against the seven MPs.

Mr. Jayasekera had declared that he too was present at the meeting. Mr. Wickremesinghe has told General Secretary Attanayake that the response from Mr. Jayasekera should be placed for discussion at the next meeting of the Working Committee.

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