Written by Staff Writer
26 Jan, 2016 | 8:39 pm
The Executive Committee of SLFP convened a meeting on Tuesday, January 26 under the auspices of President Sirisena at the Mahaweli Centre in Colombo.
A group including SLFP Advisor former president, Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, former prime minister D.M. Jayaratne, former speaker Chamal Rajapaksa and several other executive committee members of the party attended the meeting.
Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, another advisor of the party, did not attend the meeting. However a majority of the MPs of the SLFP representing the opposition were in attendance.
Matters relating to local government elections, Human Rights Council in Geneva and the proposed constitutional reforms were discussed at the meeting.
General Secretary of SLFP, Duminda Dissanayake stated that they are not aware of a new party being formed as no such proposal was put forward. However he was thankful to former speaker Chamal Rajapaksa for proposing to initiate a special programme for electorate organisers of the SLFP.
As a journalist raised questions whether it is good if a new party is formed, UPFA parliamentarian Gamini Lokuge stated that if the policies are not changed, it would lead to a new party.
When a journalist questioned him if he is also included in the party, he stated that he is with the people of the country.
State Minister of Highways, Dilan Perera stated that MPs of the joint opposition had made proposals to work for the victory of SLFP at the local government elections.
He added that Mahinda and Maithri are already united. Thereafter, journalists raised questions as to why Gotabaya Rajapaksa is trying to form a separate party and went on to note that it was not discussed at the SLFP Executive Committee.
Chief Minister of the Western Province, Isura Devapriya stated that he will mention the names of the persons having intentions to break up the party. He went on to ask them not to mislead the innocent urban councillors and Pradeshiya Sabha members.
When journalists raised questions whether Mahinda Rajapaksa is among those names, he added that the former president has always been in the SLFP, and Maithripala Sirisena didn’t leave the party as he contested as the common candidate in the opposition without leaving the party.
As journalists raised questions from UPFA parliamentarian Manusha Nanayakkara whether he is ready to take on the post of deputy minister he added that there is “nothing as such.”
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