Rohitha Abeygunawardena sacked from SLFP central committee
April 16, 2015 11:00 am
Former Minister Rohitha Abeygunawardena has also been removed from the Central Committee of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP).
The UPFA MP said he has received a letter notifying of the decision.
Abeygunawardena joins the ranks of four other ex-ministers removed from the party’s decision-making body just last week.
On April 11, former Ministers Bandula Gunawardena, SM Chandrasena, TB Ekanayake and Salinda Dissanayake were notified in writing that they have been sacked from the central committee.
The six Parliamentarians in question have been vociferous opponents of the SLFP hierarchy’s decision to accept Ministerial portfolios and form a National Government with the United National Party (UNP).
They have also openly supported the move, by certain coalition partners of the UPFA, to appoint Mahajana Eksath Peramuna leader Dinesh Gunawardena as the Opposition Leader, replacing Nimal Siripala de Silva.
Incidentally the six MPs have also recently campaigned for naming of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the prime ministerial candidate of the party.
It was reported on Monday that the SLFP is to appoint five new members to the party’s Central Committee, replacing the sacked senior members.
The names of Hirunika Premachandra, Prasanna Solangaarachchi, Ediriweera Weerawardena, Arjuna Ranatunga and Nandimithra Ekanayake were mentioned in the report.