25th April, 2004 Volume 10, Issue 41
action against rebel JHU MPs
decision making body of the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) the Central
Committee is expected to file legal action against two of its
parliamentarians on charges of violating party rules after they voted in
favour of the UPFA candidate for the speaker's post last Thursday.
to JHU MP, Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thero, charges will be filed against
the Colombo MP, Ven. Kathaluwe Rathanaseeha Thero and Gampaha MP,Ven.
Aparekke Pannananda Thero shortly.
two MPs appeared in parliament on Thursday, after missing for almost five
days. They have clearly violated the party rules by casting their votes
for the nomination of the new speaker in parliament on Thursday (22). It
was the party decision that no JHU MP will participate in the voting of
the new speaker. By doing so, these two MPs have failed to maintain party
rules and therefore we have decided to file charges against them,"
the Thero said.
to Ven. Athuraliye Thero, charge sheets were issued to the two MPs in
parliament itself, soon after it was adjourned on Thursday.
Ven. Aparekke Pannananda Thero claims that he had already resigned from
the party before the commencement of parliament on April 22, there is no
concrete proof that he had resigned," the Thero added.
Thero also said that they are holding UPFA candidate, Vijitha Herath and a
few other UPFA MPs responsible for the disappearance of these two MPs.
as to why these two MPs went missing is not clear but we suspect the UPFA
of being involved in their disappearance," the Thero said.
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