Pointing to SLFP National List MP Mervin Silva`s close relationship with the underworld, uncultured behaviour, volatile temperament, callous disregard for law and order, the Communist Party of Sri Lanka urged the government to remove him from Parliament.
The following is the full text of the statement issued by the Political Bureau:
The Political Bureau of the Communist Party of Sri Lanka, which met on Friday the 28th of December 2007, viewed with serious concern and deep contempt the boorish and disgraceful behaviour of Minister Mervin de Silva in the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation premises.
He had no right to force himself into the News Room of the Corporation without the express permission of the Chairman or Director General of the Corporation. Using force on the News Director and demanding telecast of his speech is most reprehensible.
Accompanying undesirables of the underworld as bodyguards to a state institution should be condemned with utter contempt and bitter indignation.
He has thereby brought disgrace to the SLFP of which he is senior member in the legislature of which he is a parliamentarian and to the Ministry of Labour of which he is a minister.
His close relationship with the underworld, uncultured behaviour, unbridled temperament, callous disregard for law and order have been manifestly exposed to the country through the live-telecasts.
Tolerance of such persons should not be permitted under any circumstances. In the broadest interest of the country - rule of law, political culture, democratic functioning, good governance, above all, common decency, we believe that such elements should be weeded out from the seats of power.