Staying Put

March, 03 (LBO) – Backbench parliamentarian Mangala Samaraweera says he has no plans to leave the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party, while a senior party official denied there were moves to suspend the former foreign minister’s membership. However the defence ministry said anti-terror laws would be used against any person who threatened national security.

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“From time to time I have acted to bring back people who left the SLFP,” Samaraweera said.

“So I will not do anything against the party.”

Meanwhile SLFP disciplinary committee chief John Seneviratne denied there were moves to suspend the party memberships of Samaraweera and Sripathi Sooriyaarachchi who was also sacked from his post by President Mahinda Rajapaksa with Samaraweera.

“So far no one has complained to the party secretary about the two members,” Seneviratne said.

“So the question of suspending them does not arise.”

Political circles have been abuzz with speculation that the 9-member disciplinary committee of the SLFP would meet next week after President Rajapaksa returns from a state visit to China, to take action against Samaraweera and Sooriyaarachchi.

Samaraweera also said he had no plans to form an al