Wimal Weerawansa, leader of the Jathika Nidahas Peramuna (National Freedom Front), addressing a meeting in Moratuwa urged supporters to give Dr. Nirmal Dewasiri and Prof. Sarath Wijesuriya, both academics at Colombo University, ‘the treatment that Lokuge meted out to Marikkar.’
Weerawansa, whose party members are contesting the local government elections under the Pohottuwa Symbol of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), was referring to an incident where Gamini Lokuge (also a ‘Pohottuwa’ supporter) assaulted S. Marikkar (of the UNP) in the parliament.
Dewasiri and Wijesuriya supported the move to defeat Mahinda Rajapaksa in January 2015 and were virtual spokespersons for the Yahapalana initiative. Dewasiri is backing the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) in the local government elections. Wijesuriya has of late expressed grave disappointment in the Yahapalana Government.