The leader of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), the main constituent of ruling alliance, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has suggested to suspend the party membership of any public representative charged with crimes including rape, until conclusion of judicial procedures.
Concerned by the increasing number of ruling party politicians involved in crimes including rape of minors, the President has presented a proposal at the Central Working Committee meeting of the SLFP Tuesday suggesting to suspend their memberships in the party until legal procedures are concluded.
The Central Working Committee met at Temple Trees Tuesday under the patronage of President Rajapaksa.
Treasurer of the SLFP, Minister Dullas Alahapperuma has said that the party central committee has unanimously approved the proposal.
Accordingly, if the charged person is holding a position in the party, another person is to be appointed to act in the post, until the conclusion of the judiciary action.
The Committee has decided to authorize the Chief Ministers to remove provincial councilors accused of criminal charges from their positions in the Council.
The Central Working Committee has also decided not to nominate anyone who is accused of corruption when granting nominations for the provincial council elections.
The Committee has decided to obtain police reports on former provincial councilors and new nomination applicants.