budge for SB
UNP National List Member and former
Finance Minister K.N. Choksy has
informed the party he will not resign
his seat for national organiser S.B.
The UNP Political Affairs Committee last
week requested Party Leader Ranil
Wickremesinghe to ask Choksy to resign
his parliamentary seat for Dissanayake's
appointment to 'test' the member's right
to sit in parliament.
The Court of Appeal had in an earlier
ruling said Dissanayake faced civic
disability due to a Supreme Court
conviction for contempt in which he was
sentenced to two years imprisonment.
It is learned President's Counsels,
Choksy and Tilak Marapone in separate
opinions given to the party months
earlier had also said Dissanayake
suffered civic disability due to the
judgement and that his civic rights
would be restored only in December 2011.
The Sunday Leader learns Choksy had
informed Wickremesinghe on Thursday,
July 24 that he has no intention of
resigning his seat for a newcomer to the
party like Dissanayake and added he
holds the seat in his own right due to
the long standing contribution to the
"I am the only national list MP who has
not crossed and is this the way the
party shows its appreciation," Choksy
had asked an embarrassed UNP Leader.
Choksy had also told Wickremesinghe he
would be leaving for India today
(Sunday) and on his return would come
before the Political Affairs Committee
and explain why he cannot resign his
parliamentary seat as well as why
Dissanayake will be deprived of his
civic rights till December 2011.
The UNP Leader had earlier asked
Dissanayake to test the issue of his
civic disability by contesting the
Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council election
as the party's chief ministerial nominee
but he had declined the offer insisting
on a parliamentary seat.