A month after criticising Dr Vickramabahu Karunaratne’s decision to support UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe or any other common candidate, branding them as supporters of American imperialistm and neoliberalism, a politbureau member of the Nava Samasamja Party (NSSP) was seen dancing at a US Embassy function.
The secretary of the Federation of Media Employees Trade Union (FMETU) and a politbureau member of the NSSP, Dharmasiri Lankapeli, who was also outspoken critic of American imperialism and neoliberalism was seen dancing at the “Daniel Pearl World Music Days” celebration put on by the US embassy Colombo.
Lankapeli and three other politbureau members issuing a statement last month have noted that despite NSSP General Secretary Dr. Vickramabahu Karunaratne announcing that they would critically support Ranil Wickremesinghe, no such decision has been made and that it is only his personal view. In their statement, it has also been announced that an agreement has been made with the leftist parties to field a common candidate who would represent leftist ideologies.
According to a leaked US diplomatic cable dated June 5, 2009, Lankapeli met with US embassy PAO and told that he did not want to leave, explaining that he was one of the lone media advocates remaining in Sri Lanka and wanted to continue his efforts in the country. He requested Embassy assistance to increase security. “Dharmasiri told us he desired to stay in Sri Lanka, but would like assistance in paying for a safe house.” the US embassy Colombo informed Washington.