UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe revealed in parliament today, what he claims was the deal former UNP MP Dayasiri Jayasekera had with the government to join them.
Wickremesinghe claimed that Jayasekera held discussions to join the Government during the last one year.
“This ex-Member had again discussed about the proposals for joining the Government during the first half of the year 2013 when it had been anticipated to hold the North-Eastern Provincial Council Election. Since it is difficult to get ministerial portfolios by crossing over to another Party in Parliament, discussions had been held on the basis of accepting the candidacy for the post of Chief Minister in the North-Western Provincial Council with its election and resigning from Parliament lawfully for that purpose. Media also published reports on it. However, those discussions ended up in a failure,” he said.
He said that since Jayasekera had held discussions with the government during the last period of about a year and he had again discussed the matter during the first half of this year, the UNP had not given him any positions in the party.
“When Mr. Anura Bandaranaike held discussions with President D.B.Wijetunga, Mrs. Bandaranaike banned the Party membership of Mr. Anura Bandaranaike. We discussed as to whether such a step should be followed or another opportunity should be given in case of the ex-Member, Hon. Dayasiri Jayasekera. Since Hon. Dayasiri Jayasekera reassured that he will not leave the Party, a decision was taken to give him that opportunity and we also decided to make a settlement of the disciplinary action in progress on that Member,” the UNP leader told parliament today.
However he said that Dayasiri Jayasekera made a special statement in Parliament on Wednesday, 24th July to the effect that he would be leaving the United National party and contesting the Election for the North-Western Provincial Council under the Alliance.
“Hon. Speaker, the surprising part here is that the same person who accepts the Party and its Leadership in writing on 11th July and further assures of the same verbally on 18th July and also the same person who takes part in selection of candidates for the North-Western Province on 23rd July, criticizes the Party and its Leadership on 24th July and leaves the Party. This reflects the depth and trustworthiness of this person,” he said.
The UNP leader says some party members blame him for not taking action against Jayasekera and expelling him earlier.
“The ex-Member Dayasiri Jaysekera failed to understand that politics is a path to tread along with endurance and adjust his practice accordingly. Sometimes some people fall into pitfalls on their way. Unfortunately, he also encountered that fate,” he added. (Colombo Gazette)