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* Sri Lanka Marxist alliance lawmaker becomes independent in parliament
Thu, Nov 15, 2012, 09:57 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 15, Colombo: A lawmaker of Sri Lanka's Democratic National Alliance (DNA) led by former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka, has left the alliance to become an independent member of parliament.

Galle district parliamentarian Ajith Kumara announced today in parliament that he had decided to function as an independent legislator.

He said that remaining in the DNA would hinder performing his duties towards the struggles of the oppressed masses.

MP Ajith Kumara Tuesday complained that his name had been withdrawn from the list of opposition speakers in the budget debate.

He said today that his name had not still reinstated and his political view could be the reason for this.

MP Ajith Kumara is a member of the Frontline Socialist Party, a breakaway faction of the Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP). He entered the parliament from the DNA led by former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka and later joined the FSP.

The former Army Commander led loose alliance which was formed to face the general election in April 2010 was able to elect seven members to the parliament. Three of them now belong to Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), one to breakaway group of JVP, Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) and one to DNA. Recently Kalutara district parliamentarian of the DNA, Sri Lanka's legendary former cricket captain Arjuna Ranatunga has announced his resignation from the deputy leader post and the membership of the party while the DNA national list MP Tiran Alles who held the post of general secretary of the party has also resigned from the party in September this year.

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