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Choksy won't 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. Dissanayake.

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 party.

"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.

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