Naveen won’t follow Pa-in-law Karu
Karu hurt by President’s attitude

Non Cabinet Minister of Investment Promotion Naveen Dissanayake will not return to the UNP although he is the son-in-law of ex- Public Administration Minister Karu Jayasuriya who re-crossed to the UNP on Monday. Following Jayasuriya’s return to the UNP there was widespread speculation that his son-in-law would follow suit.

Dissanayake yesterday told The Island that his father-in-law returned to the UNP due to some differences he had with President Mahinda Rajapaksa. "I tried my best to bring about a settlement but Jayasuriya was hurt and determined to return to the UNP," Dissanayake said.

At the voting on the third reading of the Budget on Monday afternoon, Dissanayake was not present in Parliament and senior SLFP sources said that he had earlier informed the President about his inability to be present due to some personal commitment at the time of voting.

Minister of Justice Dilan Perera commenting on Jayasuriya’s action said that he was a gentleman in whatever party he belonged to.

UNP Gampaha District MP Dr. Jayalath Jayawardena said that Jayasuriya’s return had given a big boost to the UNP. "The UNP has been placed on a winning path by Jayasuriya’s return and the Working Committee endorsing him as deputy leader," he said.

He expected more dissident UNP MPs to return to the party and claimed that it was due to the struggle put up by him along with MPs Johnston Fernando, Thalatha Athukorala and Lakshman Seneviratne to establish democracy within the UNP that paved the way Jayasuriya’s return.

"Jayasuriya and others crossed over when they failed in their struggle to establish democracy in the UNP. However we opted to remain in the party and to struggle for democracy" Jayawardena said.

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