by Harischandra Gunaratna
The number of parliamentary seats held by the
JVP was reduced from 39 to 38 with the resignation yesterday of
its Gampaha district MP Siripala Amarasinghe due to ill health.
Amarasinghe handed over his letter of resignation to the
Secretary General of Parliament Priyani Wijesekara.
The vacancy created by Amarasinghe’s resignation
will be filled by the SLFP’s Sarath Kumara Gunaratne from
Party sources said Amarasinghe was allegedly
shot by the police in the neck during the 2004 election and his
health deteriorated to great extent making it difficult for him
to speak and forcing him to resign his Parliamentary seat.