UNP to decide on membership of Sajith Premadasa

The United National Party (UNP) is to decide on the membership of its Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa who is contesting the Parliamentary election as the Prime Ministerial candidate of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB).

The United National Party this week expelled 54 of its members who had obtained nominations under the Samagi Jana Balawegaya for the 05 August General Elections.

The UNP Working Committee also expelled another 61 Local Government members for not supporting the party during the ongoing election campaign.

However Sajith Premadasa is still a member of the United National Party.

UNP sources told Colombo Gazette a decision is to be taken on Premadasa’s membership.

On 29 May, the UNP working committee suspended the membership of 102 party members, who had submitted nominations from the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) for the upcoming General Election.

In June, the Colombo District Court rejected to issue an injunction order requested by the SJB on the UNP’s decision to suspend the 102 members.

Thereafter, the Civil Appeal High Court of the Western Province rejected without a hearing the appeal submitted by General Secretary of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) Ranjith Madduma Bandara against the rejection of the UNP memberships of members from the SJB. (Colombo Gazette)