However, minister S.B. Nawinna told parliament yesterday the government had no intention of deporting him, adding that a request for citizenship, made properly, would be considered favourably.
He was responding to a question by Dinesh Gunawardena who asked that Gunaratnam be given citizenship, as his parents were Sri Lankans.
Nawinna replied that if he wanted to be a Sri Lankan citizen, the FSP leader should abandon his Australian citizenship, or else he could be given a dual citizenship passport.
FSP activists had a discussion with prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe about this matter.
Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella accused the joint opposition of shedding crocodile tears about Gunaratnam, after abducting him when they were in the government.