Suspended UNPers can enter Sirikotha on official business February 20, 2013, 12:00 pm
– John Ameratunga
by Zacki Jabbar
Amidst speculation that a group of UNPers including parliamentarians Palitha Ranga Bandara, Ashoka Abeysinghe and Palitha Thevarapperuma had been debarred from entering Sirikotha with effect from yesterday, several senior members of the party said that no such directive had been sent out.
When The Island contacted the Chief Opposition Whip John Ameratunga in the absence of the UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake, who has gone abroad, Amaratunga said that false stories were being circulated by interested parties.
Asked if the said persons could be debarred from entering the party headquarters since they were facing disciplinary inquiries, he replied: "No that can’t be. Even those under suspension can come to Sirikotha to attend to official matters."
When pointed out that there must be some basis for the speculation, MP Amaratunga alleged that a person who had recently lost his position in the party was up to mischief.
Several other senior UNP’ers said that no untoward incidents had taken place .
Mangala Samaraweera MP, when contacted said that he had sat at the Nomination Board Meeting at Sirikotha yesterday, but he, too, had not heard of any strictures being issued against any member.
It was obvious that those facing disciplinary action cannot walk in and out of the party headquarters as and when they wanted, but that did not prevent them from entering the premises on legitimate business, Samaraweera noted.
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