Written by Tharushan Fernando
26 Aug, 2016 | 9:41 pm
An awareness programme regarding the upcoming 65th Convention of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party was held in Kurunegala on Friday under the auspices of the General Secretary of the UPFA, Minister Mahinda Amaraweera. Prior to participating in the awareness programme, the minister engaged in an inspection tour of the Maligapitiya in Kurunegala, where the SLFP Convention is to be held.
Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development,Mahinda Amaraweera stated that most people in the Sri Lanka Freedom Party have no intention of splitting the party, and over 95 percent of the SLFP members share this view.
“You and I are the people who worked for the former president. However, it is the group that is responsible for his defeat that is making the decisions today”, said the minister
He added that the journey that was started by the JVP and the UNP saying that there is an economic assassin, that the country is controlled by three people of the same family, and that large commissions are being solicited from large scale projects, led to ‘where we are today’ and it caused a great deal of harm.
The General Secretary pointed out that the no- confidence motion should have been brought against Ranil Wickremesinghe instead of Ravi Karunanayake, with regard to the Central Bank governor’s incident. But the no confidence motion was brought with the full knowledge that it will be defeated.
“Then a march was commenced,we met our own people”,said the Minister who went on to explain that these people even told the president that this march is not against the president or the party and that it was organised against the United National Party. but after the commencement of the march the slogans that were used gave rise to a situation where certain decisions had to be taken.
“We said that we will make one final attempt. In our final attempt we met these ministers in parliament and told them that we have no intention to split the party”, explained the minister who further added that discussion will be held in the future and this will be settled on the inside but our issues become complicated when when external parties involve themselves.
The General Secretary also commented on the actions of several local government politicians stating that at the next elections, the SLFPers at the grassroots levels, will decide the fate of this group who is attempting to split the party by tearing invitational letters
“It is the group that is attempting to split the party that goes around tearing letters, publicly insulting and criticises the party and its leader”,charged Minister Amaraweera who went on to note that if this hand can be torn apart, or if this hand can be burnt, then that person is not a true SLFPer – and there is no room for such rogues in the SLFP.
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