ECONOMYNEXT – The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has removed MP Dayasiri Jayasekara as the party’s general secretary and has also suspended his party membership.
Jayasekara told EconomyNext Wednesday September 06 morning that a course of action has yet to be decided.
“Let’s see how it goes,” he said.
A letter dated September 05 and signed by party chairman and former president Maithripala Sirisena informed Jayasekara that he has been removed from the party and therefore he would cease to function as party secretary.
A disciplinary inquiry is also to be held against the MP, the letter said.
Addressing the SLFP’s 72nd anniversary celebration on Sunday, Jayasekara said a crisis situation exists in the party due to difference of opinion.
“We are engaged in talks to resolve that crisis. Today we’re in the middle of a massive geopoltical crisis.
“We must all come to one mind and we have to either do politics in the government or in the opposition. We have to choose one,” he said.
“Our leader has brought us together with great difficulty. So there is no need to have problems between us,” he added.
On August 31, Jayasekara responded to reports that sections of the party are conspiring to have him removed from the position. This was following a last-minute decision to shift the SLFP’s 72nd anniversary celebrations from Kurunegala, his electorate, to Colombo.
Speaking to reporters after Thursday evening’s party meeting, Jayasekara said he only learnt Thursday evening about the decision. Asked if it is true that the party’s general secretary doesn’t know what’s going on in his own party, he said: “I didn’t know before. But I know today.”
If Sirisena and the SLFP central committee no longer wishes to have him on board, Jayasekara said, he is happy to leave.
“I’ll remain in the party, though,” he said.
“There is no pushback against me from the bottom. It’s a few at the top level who want me out so they can go and plug this party to [President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s United National Party (UNP)],” he said. (Colombo/Sep06/2023)