UNP yesterday suspended the party membership of Gampaha district Parliamentarian Ranjan Ramanayake. United National Party (UNP) Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe took the decision after a number of complaints alleging derogatory comments by and behaviour of the MP were received by the party, said UNP General Secretary MP Akila Viraj Kariyawasam at a press conference held at Sirikotha yesterday.
«The action was taken by Ranil Wickremesinghe as party leader due to a number of complaints received,» Kariyawasam added, pointing out that the matter will be taken up at a Party Working Committee for endorsement.
The fallout from the leaked telephone conversations between MP Ramanayake and senior Police and Judicial officials, his derogatory comments on Buddhism and Buddhists, and the MP›s conduct had been taken into consideration when the decision was taken to suspend him.
The UNP nominations board will decide if MP Ramanayake should be given nominations for the upcoming General Elections, Kariyawasam said in response to a question. The decision taken by Ranil Wickremesinghe was also backed by many in the party who had voiced concerns regarding Ramanayake›s conduct, he added. «This morning I had sent him (MP Ramanayake) a letter to this effect as the General Secretary of the party,» Kariyawasam stated. The UNP will not object to any inquiry regarding MP Ramanayake›s leaked recordings, he added. «If anything illegal has happened, the law must be applied to him. We will not defend him if he has broken the law.» Kariyawasam stressed.