SLFP appoints Organisers – Johnston and Tikiri Adhikari lose their positions

SLFP appoints Organisers – Johnston and Tikiri Adhikari lose their positions

Written by Keshala Dias

11 Apr, 2017 | 10:11 pm

The SLFP has appointed several new electorate and District Organisers for the Kurunegala District.

The President appointed Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara as the Organiser for the Panduwasnuwara electorate and Dharmasiri Dassanayake as the Organiser for the Bingiriya electorate.

Jayaratne Herath has been appointed as the Organiser for the Polgahawela electorate while Lakshman Wedaruwa has been appointed as the Organiser of the Kurunegala electorate.

Indika Bandaranayake has been appointed as the Organiser for Nikaweratiya.

Gunadasa Dehigama, Anuradha Sampath Hewage and M.S.M Faheem are the new District Organisers for Kurunegala.

Minister Mahinda Amaraweera (General Secretary – UPFA): [quote]”We have removed Johnston Fernando and replaced him with Indika Bandaranaike as the Organiser for Nikaweratiya. We want Organisers who will strengthen the SLFP. In the coming days we will remove weak Organisers who are not working for the party from across Sri Lanka and will appoint new Organisers. We are electing clean people as Organisers, people who have not been caught for fraud or corruption”.[/quote]

Shantha Bandara (Chairman – SLFP Youth Front): [quote]”They do not work for the SLFP in the electorate, saying that they represent the Joint Opposition. This is a major injustice for the youth in these electorates. So we gave them a fair timeframe. If it was Mahinda Rajapaksa, he would not have given them any time. He would’ve waited a maximum of three months. But, President Maithripala Sirisena has been waiting for two years and is now appointing Organisers for the Party supporters, to promote the Party and to secure the future of the Party”.[/quote]

Following the move, Johnston Fernando and Tikiri Adhikari are no longer co-organisers for the Polgahawela electorate.

As a result of Indika Bandaranaike being appointed to Nikaweratiya, the position of Organiser for Panduwasnuwara which was previously held by him, has been given to Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara.

Minister Jayasekara previously served as Organiser for Bingiriya.

Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara: [quote]”It is bittersweet. I have been given the Panduwasnuwara electorate instead of Bingiriya. From the Panduwasnuwara electorate, we are hoping to embark on a program that will strengthen the SLFP throughout the Kurunegala District. But I will not forget the Bingiriya electorate. I hope to commit myself fully to strengthen the SLFP in the Kurunegala District and ensure that the Party is victorious in the entire District”.[/quote]

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