A debate on the deportation controversy of Frontline Socialist Party Leader Kumar Gunarathnam, is to be taken up tomorrow midst orders issued by the Immigration and Emmigration controller against him.
FSP Politburo member Pubudu Jagoda said despite the orders, Gunarathnam will not leave the country until the Immgiration and Emigration Department announces a decision on the citizenship application that was submitted by his party leader on February 5.
“Its a political issue – not a legal issue,” Jagoda said pointing out the decision on granting him citizenship or extending the visa lies with the Minister, who is this case is John Amaratunga.
He said if Gunarathnam’s application is rejected, it would be a major issue since the authorities had taken swift steps to grant citizenship for newly appointed Central bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran.
“He had been granted citizenship within a day. So if Kumar’s application is rejected, it would only reflect the double standards followed by this government,” Jagoda added.