Written by Lethonkie Fernando
11 Nov, 2018 | 10:29 pm
COLOMBO (News 1st) – Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa became the official leader of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna today (November 11) at his residence in Wijerama. Chairman of the SLPP, Professor G.L Peiris and many others were present at the occasion of handing over party membership this afternoon. It was professor G.L Peiris that presented the membership of the party to Mahinda Rajapaksa.
After obtaining the membership the Prime Minister gave membership to 28 MPs who were previously members of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. Accordingly, Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Johnston Fernando, Namal Rajapaksa, Rohitha Abeygunawardena, Janaka Bandara Tennakoon, and Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena became members of the SLPPP.
Following the formalities, the Prime Minister speaking to the media stated that the mandate of the people is being sought because they have the right to decide the accuracy or the inaccuracy of the actions taken by the government.He continued to say that even if this right is challenged in courts that it is completely wrong adding that the groups fighting for democracy itself afraid to go into an election which symbolises democracy.
Also expressing views Former Parliamentarian, Sudarshini Fernandopulle said that this act of dissolving parliament is meant for getting the favour of people and building a strong government with the people.
Former Parliamentarian, Prasanna Ranatunge stated that just as they had hoped that Mahinda Rajapaksa would become the leader of SLPP that they will now contest from the flower bud in the upcoming elections. In response to an inquiry made by a journalist about the symbol which will be used for the upcoming election, former Parliamentarian Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said that the leaders will decide that.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister also commented on the 19th amendment. He said that under the constitution that they have the right to call for an election and that this move is not against the democracy. Rajapaksa added that they are quite confident of sweeping the polls in January.
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