Former Deputy Minister Mervyn Silva has said today (5) that he was still the SLFP organizer for the Kelaniya area and that he never tied a Samurdhi official to a tree.
Silva has observed that he not worried about ministerial portfolios as he was still an organizer and a member of parliament, hence would continue to serve the people in the Gampaha District.
Silva has told the Kelaniya Balamandalaya and Gampaha District Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) organizers at the Kelaniya Pradeshiya Sabha office that no one can destroy his Sinhala Buddhist principles.
The local media has reported that UNP Mayor of the Peliyagoda Municipal Council Ananda Munasinghe had obtained his SLFP membership from Silva during the meeting this morning.
Responding to a question posed by an electronic media insitution at the event about the incident where he had allegedly tied a Samurdhi official to a tree, Silva had said he did not tie anyone to a tree.
Silva had said the Samurdhi official had volunteered to be tied as an example to truant officials and that Councilor Dias had carried out his wishes.
“I ordered him to be untied and took the rope. That is what happened,” Silva had reportedly said.
Responding to another question, Silva had said he was still the SLFP organizer for the area and if not, General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena would not have permitted him to convene a party meeting like the one he was attended at the time.