There are reports that Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) National List MP, former Auditor General Sarathchandra Mayadunne, is due to resign from his position as an MP when Parliament convenes. According to reports, Mayadunne is due to resign from his position after making a special statement in Parliament.
The JVP secured two National List MP slots at the August 17 general election. Mayadunne’s name was first on the JVP’s nominees on its National List and was also the most high profile name on that list. Attorney-at-Law Chrishmal Warnasuriya’s name was second on the list, though the JVP chose to pass him over and appoint Matara District candidate Sunil Handunnetti, who failed to secure his seat at the election. Warnasuriya later made his displeasure known to the media and the public at having been passed over in favor of Handunnetti.
The Nation contacted Mayadunne to seek clarification, but he declined to comment. If Mayadunne indeed does resign, it would once again raise the question whether the JVP would appoint one of its National List nominees or a candidate who contested the General Election, but failed to enter Parliament.
Attorney-at-Law Upul Kumarapperuma’s name is listed as number 3 on the JVP’s National List. However, in the wake of the controversy involving Warnasuriya, JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake has clarified in the media that the numerical order of the list is not important when appointing candidates from the list.
The final decision would come down to the party’s politburo. Meanwhile, in the event that Mayadunne does resign, one among the trio of K.D. Lal Kantha, Samantha Vidyarathna and Bimal Rathnayake, who contested the election and failed to enter parliament, may be nominated to the seat.