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Friday, 19 October 2012 - 19:50
Final decision on UNP members who defied party orders to be taken by working committee
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The United National Party states that a final decision regarding its party members who participated in yesterday’s meeting at the Hyde Park Grounds would be drawn by the parties working committee.

Moreover, a release issued by the UNP this evening went on to note that the party however had decided to suspend the membership of its representatives who had participated in yesterdays meeting.

Consequently those held liable by the party of breeching its conventions would be permitted to justify their stance before its working committee.

Meanwhile, a report concerning its allegedly errant party members has been handed over to party leader Ranil Wickramasinghe by its General Secretary Thissa Aththanayeke.

According to highly informed party sources the leadership of the party has decided to suspend the party memberships of over 15 local government representatives who had participated in yesterday's meeting which was organised by the United Bikku Front.

Earlier on it was reported that  Wickremesinghe had decided to suspend the party membership of Parliamentarians Palitha Range bandara, Palitha Thewarapperuma, Ashoka Abeysinghe & UNP provincial councilors Maithree Gunarathna & Shiral Lakthilleke.

However the group of UNP representatives, who in an act of defiance had attended yesterday's meeting which was headed by the Leader of the Democratic National Alliance Sarath Fonseka, warned that they would file litigation against the party in the event of their membership being suspended.

Expressing his views to our news team UNP Parliamentarian Ashoka Abeysinghe stated that he had not yet received any notification from the party

regarding his membership.

Speaking further UNP MP Ashoka Abeysinghe added that a detailed letter had been submitted to party General Secretary Thissa Aththanayeke previously, regarding his participation during yesterday’s meeting.

Meanwhile UNP General Secretary Thissa Aththanayeke expressed the following views to our news team stating that a final decision in this regard would be issued next week.

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