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* Crisis in Sri Lanka main opposition party over Monaragala District nomination list continues
Sat, Mar 6, 2010, 11:38 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 06, Colombo: The crisis within the main opposition United National Party over the its Monaragala District nominations list has taken a new twist with former UNP Monaragala District parliamentarian Ranjith Madduma Bandara saying that he has not been informed of the decision by the party leadership to remove him as the UNP Monaragala District Leader.

Madduma Bandara told the media that he was not informed by the party of any such decision and that he had even been asked to attend the UNP Executive Committee meeting on the 9th.

"I heard of my removal as the UNP Monaragala district leader through the media. I may be deprived of all positions, but I shall not leave the party," he said.

"I was not notified of my removal. The General Secretary has asked me to attend the Executive Committee meeting of the party on March 9. I reiterate that I handed over the document given to me by party headquarters to the returning officer," he added.

Commenting on SLFP (M) Wing member Tissa Kuttiarachchi, whose name has allegedly been removed from the UNP's Monaragala District nominations list causing the whole controversy, Madduma Bandara accused Kuttiarachchi of trying to destroy the UNP.

"He came from Hambantota and cheated people of Wellassa of millions. The people who were fooled by him voted for him and now they are cursing themselves," he noted.

Madduma Bandara alleged that Kuttiarachchi was carrying out a contract given to him by a ruling party Minister from the Thanamalwila area.

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