By Colombo Telegraph –
Y.G. Padmasiri, the Kegalle District MP who violated the decision of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party and voted for the impeachment of Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake has escaped punishment by apologizing to the Party, Colombo Telegraph understands.
The LSSP’s Central Committee met last weekend to decide on what action should be taken against MP Padmasiri. While Minister Tissa Vitarana had proposed that no action be taken, most members had demanded that stern action be taken as this was not the first time Padmasiri had violated party discipline. When the 18th Amendment was taken up in Parliament, both Vitarana and Padmasiri voted for it against the decision of the LSSP that its MPs should abstain from voting. Both were severely reprimanded by the Party.
Colombo Telegraph learns that Padmasiri had finally asked for forgiveness from the Party. He had stated that he was not like Athauda Seneviratne who joined the SLFP. If expelled, he would apply to re-join the party, Padmasiri had stated. The Central Committee had considered his plea for mercy and warned him severely.
Padmasiri had expected to be appointed a Deputy Minister at the last Cabinet reshuffle as a reward for voting against the LSSP decision but is disappointed that he was not considered, LSSPers from Ruwanwella told Colombo Telegraph.