Continuing his string of verbal attacks against senior members of his own party, Sajith Premadasa referred to SLFP dissident and former Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera as a migratory bird who was trying to chart the UNP’s future course.
“These migratory birds are attempting to violently attack long time UNP activists and supporters,” Premadasa charged at a Hambantota meeting on Friday.
Premadasa called for a disciplinary inquiry against Samaraweera and his supporters for their involvement in the Matara clashes between the pro and anti Ranil factions.
“We cannot just sit and watch while people in our own party are attacked by thugs from within the UNP itself,” he charged.
Samaraweera’s Matara District supporters allegedly disrupted a march calling for UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe’s ouster last Saturday, led by the pro-Premadasa group Maithri Guneratne and Shiral Lakthilake.
Guneratne’s father Herman Guneratne was arrested in connection with a shooting spree in the middle of Matara town, that injured at least three people including a soldier on home leave who has been left partially paralysed due to the shooting.