Ousted Minister Mangala Samaraweera yesterday said that even though the Sri Lanka Freedom Party is under the Rajapakse `troica`, the people of Matara will not forgive the party for having dropped him as the Organizer for the district as they still have faith in him.
He said although the SLFP Central Committee met on Thursday night at the Temple Trees and decided to remove him as the organizer for Matara and put Mayor of Matara Upul Nishantha in his place, the people were still with him as he was recognized as their leader.
The SLFP CC also decided to replace Sripathy Suriyaraachchi as the Kelaniya organizer with Minister Mervyn Silva. It also decided to conduct a disciplinary inquiry against Samaraweera and Suriyaraachchi.
Samaraweera said he was appointed as the Matara SLFP organizer in 1988 June by the late Prime Minister and SLFP leader Sirimavo Bandaranaike.
`I was elected to Parliament for the first time in 1988.
From then on I`m representing Matara upto now. Every year, I increased the SLFP vote bank in the district. I received 11,000 votes to enter Parliament for the first time. But, in 2004 I obtained 118,000 votes,` he said.
Samaraweera said that the people know that who their leader is and who has worked for them therefore they would never desert him.
He said he would not resign from the SLFP, despite his being suppressed, but was determined to take it along the path taken by its founder leader the late Prime Minister S. W. R. D. Bandaranike`s.
Former Minister Sripathy Suriyaarachchi said that he was not informed of his removal as the SLFP`s Kelaniya organizer.
`It is unbelievable that the President Rajapakse would take such a decision forgetting our massive contribution to protect the SLFP and make him the President, he said adding that he would not quit the party.
Chairman of the SLFP disciplinary committee, Power and Energy Minister W. D. J. Seneviratne told The Island said that the party`s Central Committee had decided to hold a disciplinary action against ousted Ministers and had started to investigate statements made by the former Ministers.