UNP MP for Kurunegala District Dayasiri Jayasekara has responded to Party General Secretary Tissa Attanayake, to the allegations levelled against him.
The two allegations against MP Jayasekara are: Writing to a Sinhala daily newspaper, contradicting a report that the Party’s Working Committee had decided to take action against seven dissident MPs for voting in favour of the 18th Amendment and interrupting Dr. Jayalath Jayawardena, when he was on a live programme on a private television channel, to say that the Working Committee had taken no decision to deal disciplinarily with the seven MPs.
In response, Jayasekara said that no statement by him appeared in a Sinhala daily newspaper of 22-9-2010 as alleged, even though a news item appeared in that newspaper stating that, if any UNP MPs became independent, they would be expelled.
Regarding the second allegation, Jayasekara said that Dr. Jayalath Jayawardena misled viewers by stating in the TV programme that the Party Working Committee, at its meeting held on September 18, 2010, decided to take disciplinary action against all UNP MPs who sit independently, though such a decision was not taken at that meeting. “As the General Secretary of our Party, you too will confirm that this issue was not discussed and such a decision not taken at this meeting”, he said.
He further said that UNP MP for Moneragala, Ranjith Madduma Bandara too intervened in the same TV programme to correct the falsehood uttered by Dr. Jayawardena, but no letter such as this has been sent to him
Jayasekara, in his letter, objects to the “unethical and unsavoury practice of advance publicity given in the media to the letter”
Further, he stated that there are other matters with grave consequences to the Party, that require disciplinary action, such as A.R.M. Abdul Cader UNP MP for the Kandy District, who sits and votes with the Government, since the commencement of this Parliament, in violation of Party discipline, and the UNP Leader canvassing Ranjith Madduma Bandara, requesting Moneragala voters not to vote for the latter, violating the UNP Constitution, during the campaign for the Parliamentary General Election.