Communist Party Dethrones Raja Collure

By Thameenah Razeek | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 25 2021
News Communist Party Dethrones Raja Collure

By Thameenah Razeek 

Raja Collure, Chairman of the Communist Party of Sri Lanka, was fired from his position within the party with immediate effect yesterday (24). The decision was reached at the headquarters of the Communist Party of Sri Lanka, where a motion was voted on to remove Collure from the position of Chairman. 

Speaking on the decision, Dr. G. Weerasinghe, General Secretary of the party, stated that Collure violated the party’s manifesto by making public statements about the teachers and principals who were on strike and criticising their actions. He said just because Collure was a Governor, it did not give him the right to violate the manifesto of the Communist Party of Sri Lanka because the Party has always prioritised the needs and desires of workers across the country, as well as education.

The Central Committee was presented with a suggestion by the party’s politburo to review Collure’s behaviour and take necessary action. Collure told media yesterday that the Communist Party’s Central Committee does not have the authority to remove him from his position. He claimed that he made the statement in accordance with the authority conferred on him as Governor, and that certain factions of the Communist Party of Sri Lanka had conspired against him and wanted to depose him as party chairman. 

“I have no desire to continue as chairman, but the Communist Party’s Central Committee chose to remove me from the position on the basis of a statement by the Governor that he had deluded myself. Under our Constitution, they have no jurisdiction to take disciplinary action against me for misbehaviour,” he stated. Raja Collure went on to say that he would think about the steps to take in the future and that he would not leave the Communist Party. “I have no intention of leaving the party in which I have served for 63 years.”  

By Thameenah Razeek | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 25 2021

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