Public Administration Minister Karu Jayasuriya has reportedly told a meeting of the UNP dissidents who crossed over to the government that he was severely reprimanded by a VVIP, and as such was left with two options either to re join the UNP or give up politics altogether.
All the dissidents except Minister G.L. Peiris attended the meeting called by Minister Jayasuriya and held at the parliamentary complex.
Mr. Jayasuriya said he was similarly reprimanded on several other occasions by this VVIP, and found it demeaning to his dignity and self respect.
He said that on one occasion he was even reprimanded in the presence of a well-known business tycoon. Mr. Jayasuriya is reported to have said he had no alternative
but to either to resign from politics or re join the UNP if it was willing to accommodate him with a responsible position in the party.
However, some of the members including Sports Minister Gamini Lokuge had requested him not to leave the government now.
A Minister who attended the meeting told Daily Mirror on condition of anonymity that some of them wanted to arrange a meeting with the government s higher-ups to sort this matter. Yet, Mr. Jayasuriya had shown no inclination to do so.
Meanwhile, speculation was rife that Mr. Jayasuriya might re join the UNP together with a few others after the budget debate which is to be concluded today and their decision is to be announced at a news conference soon.