Former UNP strongman and Minister, S.B. Dissanayake said his brother Saliya Dissanayake leaving the UNP was a great consolation to him and his family.
In a letter sent to Kalutara district UNPer Dr Rajitha Senaratne, Mr. Dissanayake said that his brother, who obstructed the fight to obtain his release from prison, did not leave the UNP but was removed from the party.
S.B. Dissanayake sent the letter, after coming to know that his brother, who is a Central Provincial Council member decided to support Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse at the Presidential election.
The letter further stated that it was a great consolation that Saliya Dissanayake had left the UNP, as well as the politics of his family. It was of great benefit to Hanguranketha UNPers.
?If there is any Provincial Councillor who obstructed the struggle to get me released, it is only Saliya. It is no secret to people in the Central Province. He did everything to stop the march from Hanguranketha to Colombo, to get me released. It is fair to state that he did this, not because of his unwillingness to get me released. The main reason being due to his physical condition, as he is unable to even walk a mile,? stated Mr. Dissanayake in the letter.
?On the second day of the walk, due to the manner in which he behaved, our family did not get him to participate in any political work. We decided to keep him away from the Hanguranketha branch reorganisation and the campaign to get me released.
It is not my decision. The request came from my mother, six brothers and sisters.
This decision was unanimously approved by the Hanguranketha UNP executive committee.
Hence, the truth is that he did not leave the UNP. He was removed from the UNP. It happened over six months ago. This decision was taken as he is a big headache for our political campaign,? Mr Dissanayake further stated.