President Mahinda Rajapaksa called for the removal of controversial Deputy Minister Mervyn Silva from his portfolio in the government following a disciplinary inquiry held this evening over his recent conduct.
Silva was also removed from the membership of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP).
The decision to remove Silva was made following the massive protest against his move to tie a Samurdhi officer to a tree last week.
The move resulted in island wide protest campaigns by Samurdhi officers and them boycotting the dengue prevention programme.
SLFP sources told The Sunday Leader that the disciplinary inquiry against Silva would continue.