The United National Party (UNP) has decided to institute disciplinary action against two of its MPs – Non-Cabinet Minister of Digital Infrastructure and Information Technology Ajith Perera and Non-Cabinet Minister of Science, Technology and Research Sujeewa Senasinghe – for making certain remarks in breach of party discipline, the Daily Mirror learns.
According to informed sources, the party noticed these two ministers to appear before General-Secretary of Education and Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam as well as Legal Secretary Nissanka Nanayakkara at 11.00 a.m. at the party headquarters in Sirikotha for preliminary inquiries.
UNP sources said there were complaints against the duo for criticising the party, its leadership and policies.
These two ministers are at the forefront of agitating for presidential candidacy to Housing and Construction Minister Sajith Premadasa. They addressed public rallies in recent times.
However, Mr. Perera said he had not received any such notice. “This is yet another false information being spread,” he said. Mr. Senasinghe could not be contacted for comments.
UNP calls for show cause from Sujeewa, Ajith
The UNP today called for show cause from ministers Sujeewa Senasinghe and Ajith P. Perera before September 9, since they failed to appear for preliminary inquiries.
The party earlier decided to institute disciplinary action against two ministers for making certain remarks in breach of party discipline.
Ajith, Sujeewa have done no wrong: Kabir
UNP Chairman Kabir Hashim said today he did not hold the view that State Ministers Ajith P. Perera and Sujeewa Senasinghe had done anything wrong for the party to conduct a disciplinary inquiry.
He told journalists that calling for an explanation over a statement made by a member was not such a major issue. “A disciplinary inquiry is nothing unusual. This matter would end after they provide an explanation,” Mr. Hashim said.
When asked whether a disciplinary inquiry was being initiated because the two-state ministers had urged the party leadership to name UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa as the party’s presidential candidate, Mr Hashim said a disciplinary inquiry should also be conducted on others who claim to be the party’s presidential candidates.