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UNP MPs Threaten To Quit The Party

Sep 5, 2010 7:06:59 AM - thesundayleader.lk

UNP members who have said they would vote in favor of the constitutional amendments in parliament this week have warned they would join the government if disciplinary action is taken against them.

The UNP yesterday (4) said the party would take disciplinary action against UNP MPs who vote with the government on the constitutional amendments following a deicison arrived at by the Working Committee last week.

The Working Committee has decided to remove any UNP MP who votes in favor of the constitutional amendments.

UNP parliamentarian Earl Gunasekera has been quoted in the media saying today that the decision by several UNP members to support the government by voting in favor of the constitutional amendments was part of the democracy within the party.
He has said that action should be taken against UNP deputy leader Karu Jayasuriya for joining the government during the war and later rejoining the UNP, if the party is to take disciplinary actions against the MPs who vote for the constitutional amendments.
Gunasekera has warned that the UNP members who have decided to vote with the government for the constitutional amendments will not hesitate to join the government if the UNP attempts to take against them.
Four UNP MPs Abdul Cader, Earl Gunasekara, Lakshman Seneviratne and Manusha Nanayakkara have said they would vote in favor of the constitutional amendments.