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UNP MPs threaten they will sit independently in Parliament

Sep 14, 2010 12:06:26 PM - itnnews.lk

UNP Parliamentarian Dayasiri Jayasekera has threatened Ranil Wickramasinghe that they would sit independently in Parliament if a solution is not found before the 23rd of this month.

Dayasiri Jayasekera met the party leader at the Parliamentary complex this morning and issued the ultimatum. He had directly leveled accusations against Mr. Wickramasinghe. Views were exchanged at length today between

Ranil Wickramasinghe and Dayasiri Jayasekera. Mr. Jayasekera told the media that they were not satisfied with Mr. Wickramasinghe’s explanation today. Mr. Wickramasinghe is reported to have told him that it was not possible to immediately restructure the party and he needed more time. However, the group including Mr. Jayasekera had announced that they needed a final solution before the 22nd of this month. Parliament will convene on the 23rd of this month. The UNP group including has decided to intimate to the Speaker that they would remain as an independent group ditching from their party if the UNP crisis was not addressed before that date.

Meanwhile, Ranil Wickramasinghe had told his Senior Parliamentary group that he was prepared to succumb to pressure of the group including Dayasiri Jayasekera. Mr. Wickramasinghe had said he would take drastic action against those who contravene party regulations by summoning a Parliamentary group meeting within the future.

Meanwhile, the National Bar Association comprising of UNP Counsels expressed views to the media yesterday on the crisis the party is confronting.

Counsel Upul Jayasuriya, President of National Bar Association said this is a disastrous situation.

In the meantime, the Democratic People’s Front of Mano Ganeshan had decided to function as an independent opposition party in the future. The Democratic People’s Front was due to consolidate its decision at the next meeting of the Working Committee.