The UPFA members in the Kelaniya Pradeshiya Sabha have been faced with a difficult situation due to the double standards adopted by the Rajapaksa government with regard to Minister Mervyn Silva, a UPFA member from the Kelaniya Pradeshiya Sabha told Lanka News Web.
He said that while President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Minister Basil Rajapaksa have asked the Kelaniya Pradeshiya Sabha members to work with Mervyn, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has threatened to send white vans after them if they joined Mervyn.
He noted that the governing party members of the Kelaniya Pradeshiya Sabha have met at Chairman Prasanna Ranaweera’s residence last Saturday night to discuss this situation and it has been decided that the governing party members would resign from the SLFP and sit as independent members if they are continued to be place under pressure by senior government members.
Meanwhile, Pradeshiya Sabha member Hasitha Madawela who played a key role in the clash with Mervyn has been invited by the UNP to join the party.
He has reportedly said that he would join along with 10 other members if he would be made the party’s Kelaniya organizer.