UNPers who attended SF rally given opportunity to explain conduct


by Zacki Jabbar

Those who defied a UNP Working Committee decision to attend last week’s Hyde Park rally to re-launch the political career of former army commander Sarath Fonseka, are to be given an opportunity to explain their conduct.

Disciplinary inquiries against UNP MPs Palitha Range Bandara, Ashoka Abeysinghe and Palitha Thewarapperuma and Provincial Councillors Maithree Gunaratne and Shiral Lakthilaka would be conducted according to established practice.

They could file their answers to the charge of defying the party whip, General Secretary of the UNP Tissa Attanayake told a news conference in Colombo yesterday.

Investigations were continuing to ascertain if ten UNP Local Government members had also attended the rally. If there was conclusive evidence, then they too would be issued notice to appear before the disciplinary inquiry, Attanayake noted.

Denying allegations being levelled against the party leadership it was on a witch hunt against some members, Attanayake said that if a party was to progress as a strong political free, then discipline had to be maintained.

Attanayake said that the Hyde Park rally had been held to re-brand the leader of another political party and the UNP Working Committee had unanimously resolved that there was no need for the party to get involved in such an exercise.

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