Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) parliamentarians S. B. Dissanayake and Dilan Perera cannot be expelled from the SLFP nor can their parliamentary seats be taken as doing so would be against the law of the country, Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Chairman Prof. G. L. Peiris said.
Addressing the media at SLPP Headquarters this morning (02), Peiris said that taking disciplinary action against the two MPs violates the concept of equality which is given utmost priority in Sri Lanka’s constitution.
“When the opposition decided to present a no-confidence motion against the Government recently, the SLFP officially decided to vote in favour of the motion. However, some SLFP MPs did not come to vote and they went against the party’s orders. No disciplinary action was taken against those MPs who disobeyed party’s orders and safeguarded the UNP, but immediate action is taken when two MPs disobeyed party orders and went against the UNP,” Prof. Peiris said.
Therefore, the SLPP Chairman said, that the SLFP’s decision is not only ethically unacceptable but also, as a political party, it does not have the right to be unfair on one group of its members and take no action against the other while both groups broke the same code of discipline.
“They cannot be expelled from the party under the law, so no problem will arise about their parliamentary seats. Let us be realistic. What are these threats? This Parliament will only continue for another five months. In the first week of March, the President has the right to dissolve the parliament and call for an election. Therefore any talk of expelling from the party and taking away parliamentary seats makes no sense,” Peiris added.