Commenting to The Nation on the decision by the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) to terminate his provincial councillorship last week, spokesperson for the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) and former UPFA Western Provincial Councilor Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe stated that such a move, made during the run-up to the general election, amounted to a ‘farce’. He further stated that the decision to revoke his membership from the party was useless given the decision by the JHU to self-eject from the UPFA on June 10.
Also speaking to The Nation, former UPFA Western Provincial Councilor Nirosha Athukorale echoed Warnasinghe’s sentiments, saying furthermore that the party’s decision was merely a vote-grabbing exercise and ‘utterly futile’ in the wake of the JHU’s decision to opt out of the UPFA in the general election. Both Warnasinghe and Athukorale contested under the United National Front (UNF).
Meanwhile, Southern Provincial Councilor, Anthonige Hewa Piyasena, who contested the just concluded general elections from an independent group, also filed a petition against former UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayantha for having terminated his post, alleging that it was illegal to remove him from the party without a proper disciplinary inquiry. Premajayantha, along with Southern Provincial Council Secretary KL Dayaratne and Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya was named as respondent.