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* Sacked rebel councilor of Sri Lanka main opposition to contest elections only from the party
Tue, Jan 7, 2014, 10:03 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 07, Colombo: Maithri Gunaratne, the sacked provincial councilor of Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) says he would not contest the upcoming provincial council election unless he is granted nomination by the party.

Gunaratne, who was sacked from the party along with Western Provincial Councilor Shiral Lakthilleka for violating the party constitution and directives, is subjected to disciplinary action.

However, the newly set up leadership council of the party has discussed his request for reinstatement in the party.

The leadership council has decided to set forth four proposals passed in the UNP general assembly as conditions to grant him nomination.

Gunaratne told media that he would not betray the trust of the party men and would not contest with another party or independently.

He said the UNP would fall into the third place in many electorates at the upcoming Provincial Council election and predicted that the leadership council and the leader would have to go home in that context.

Gunaratne also questioned the UNP leadership over not having disciplinary actions against the UNP MP and the Opposition Chief Whip John Amaratunga who is presently participating in the President's tour in the Middle East. However, the party said Amaratunga is accompanying the President with the party's consent.

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