Dec 27, Colombo: Renegade members of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) who were sacked for violating the party constitution and directives are re-seeking their memberships from the party to contest provincial council elections.
Southern Provincial Councilor Maithri Gunaratne and Western Provincial Councilor Shiral Lakthilleka who were sacked from the UNP have requested the party's Leadership Council to give them back their party memberships.
Gunaratne has written to the UNP Leadership Council to give Lakthilleka, him and their supporters, their memberships in the party without any conditions.
Gunaratne has explained in writing that Lakthilleka and he were keen on contesting the next Western and Southern Provincial Council elections under the UNP and they would not be able to do so without being members of the party.
He has observed that the group of UNP members who were sacked from the party along with him should be given back their memberships and their formers posts in the party to campaign and contest for the party at the provincial council elections next year.
Gunaratne has said that a copy of the letter sent to the Leadership Council will also be sent to the UNP Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe.
He has added that he was hopeful of receiving a positive response from the Leadership Council.