Programmatically I have added the vector layers to an existing GeoPackage in QGIS 3.2 using Python. Similarly, I would like to delete a layer from the existing GeoPackage using Python code. But there is no example/help found online.

Here is my code to add the selected layers to an existing Geo package:

layer = self.iface.activeLayer() 
options = QgsVectorFileWriter.SaveVectorOptions()
options.actionOnExistingFile =QgsVectorFileWriter.CreateOrOverwriteLayer   
options.layerName = 'test'

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    There is quite a lot to do when a table is totally and properly dropped from GeoPackage (drop spatial index, drop a bunch of triggers, remove outdated rows from metadata tables, and finally drop the table itself). If QGIS does not have a dedicated method for that (I don't know if it does) the easiest alternative is probably to let GDAL to drop the table with SQL DROP TABLE layer_name as documented in gdal.org/drv_geopackage.html.
    – user30184
    Apr 24, 2019 at 18:43

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You can use the SpatiaLite execute SQL tool and drop table:

gpkg = '/home/bera/GIS/Data/testdata/overlaps.gpkg'
layer = 'overlaps'

processing.run("native:spatialiteexecutesql", {'DATABASE':'{0}|layername={1}'.format(gpkg, lyr),
    'SQL':'drop table {0}'.format(layer)})

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