SJB brings down hammer on Harin, Manusha

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Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) has taken steps to seek disciplinary action against MPs Harin Fernando and Manusha Nanayakkara.

Speaking to Ceylon Today on Friday (20), SJB General Secretary Ranjith Madduma Bandara noted that the party has decided to suspend their party memberships as well.

SJB has taken the said decisions against the two MPs, as a result of them accepting Cabinet portfolios in the Government, despite the party’s decision to refrain from accepting any posts under the current Government.

MP Fernando took oath as Minister of Tourism and Land, whereas MP Nanayakkara was sworn in as Minister of Labour and Foreign Employment.

Subsequently, the newly-appointed Minister of Tourism and Land, Fernando claimed he did not betray his party.

Speaking at a media briefing on 20 May he said SJB supporters will understand the reasons behind his decision in time.

“Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe agreed to the eight points we presented, first is the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The safety of the GotaGoGama protesters has to be assured. Politicians have to make sacrifices. There has to be an anti-corruption legislation to be passed in Parliament. We request expatriates to invest in Sri Lanka and we will do our utmost to bring back tourists,” said Fernando.

Fernando added that he will step down from his post if the Prime Minister Wickremesinghe fails to fulfil these demands.

Meanwhile, Nanayakkara also assured that while they continue to work as ministers, they will also criticise the Government, if they detect any wrong move, without hesitation.

By Nabiya Vaffoor