UNP Kurunegala District parliamentarian Dayasiri Jayasekara has responded to the call for explanation by party General Secretary Tissa Attanayake.
Jayasekara received two letters from Attanayake calling for explanations for allegedly 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 and 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.
The MP had released his response to the party secretary to the media as well.
Jayasekara in his response has reportedly stated that no statement by him appeared in a Sinhala daily newspaper of 22-9-2010 as alleged, even though a news item appeared in that newspaper stating that, if any UNP MPs became independent, they would be expelled.
Regarding the second allegation, Jayasekara has said that Dr. Jayalath Jayawardena had misled viewers by stating in the TV programme that the Working Committee, at its meeting held on September 18, 2010, decided to take disciplinary action against all UNP MPs who sit independently, though such a decision was not taken at that meeting.
“As the General Secretary of our Party, you too will confirm that this issue was not discussed and such a decision not taken at this meeting,” he has said.
Jayasekara had also objected to the publicity given in the media for the letters sent to him by the party secretary even before he received them.