The Central Committee of the Sri Lanka Communist Party that convened this morning has decided to remove Raja Collure from the party Chairmanship.
Issuing a statement, the Communist Party said the decision will be enforced with immediate effect.
The motion by the party politburo was passed at the Central Committee meeting today.
Raja Collure is the current Governor of the North Western Province.
A recent statement by Collure pertaining to the teacher principal salary anomalies caused much controversy during the past few days.
Raja Collure said the salaries of teachers and principals in the North Western Province who do not attend schools that opened under the first phase for the month of November, will be withheld.
Vice President of the Communist Party Parliamentarian Weerasumana Weerasinghe said the teacher principal salary anomaly trade union action was drawing to an end and Raja Collure’s statement regarding the strike was subject to discussion at length.
MP Weerasinghe said his statement had an impact on unions and was contradictory to the party’s stance.
The Parliamentarian said the Central Committee concluded that Collure holding both posts, Governor of the North Western Province and the party Chairman, gave rise to the concern and therefore the decision was reached.
The General Secretary of the Communist Party Dr. G Weerasinghe speaking to media after today’s Central Committee meeting said the removal of Raja Collure was a political related matter and not disciplinary.
Weerasinghe said the Communist Party since its inception has represented the labour force adding that Raja Collure’s statement raised serious concerns.
He said Collure made a statement regarding the strike action from his position as the Governor that raised issues related to political policies.