A group of Seat Organisers of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party have requested the party leadership to refrain from forming an alliance with the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna.
Speaking at a media breifing this morning the seat organisers claimed that President Maithripala Sirisena has at present moved away from the people’s mandate he received on the 8th of January 2015.
SLFP Kesbewa Seat Organiser Rajika Kodithuwakku requested the President to take disciplinary action against Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and United People’s Freedom Alliance MPs who have obtained membership of the Podujana Peramuna.
Kodithuwakku said Mahinda Rajapaksa is no more a member of the SLFP, as he is the leader of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna.
Therefore he stated they have no respect towards him, adding their request to the President is to bring the SLFP on a correct path once again.
He said when the Sri Lanka Freedom Party is made a branch of the Podujana Peramuna, the party’s dignity will be questioned.
He pointed out when Mahinda Rajapaksa was appointed Prime Minister, over the next few days he proceeded to obtain membership of the Podujana Peramuna, and 31 others also followed suit indicating that they have no intention of continuing with the SLFP.
Therefore he said the group requests the President to take disciplinary action against Mahinda Rajapaksa and his allies, who are promoting other parties.
Kodithuwakku said they are criticising the President and the party, and such action is condemnable.
SLFP Beruwala seat organiser MLM Amjad said the President has disregarded party supporters.
The Seat Organiser said they cannot approve the 180 degree U-turn made by the President, further remarking his decisions after the 26th of October cannot be forgiven.
He said when Gamperaliya programmes are being carried out by the SLFP, Podujana Peramuna MPs received a warning that they will no longer have a political future, adding this warning was a main reason for them to initiate a coup.
Amjad said the President could have at least disbursed the money required to carry forward the Gamperaliya programme for the next 51 days, however he charged the leader did not have any such thoughts and he didn’t think of working for party supporters.
SLFP Kegalle District Organiser Bandara Athukorala addressing the media breifing said policies of SWRD Bandaranaike who formed the party have been forgotten.
He said Bandaranaike policies were kicked aside and forgotten and the party headquarters was closed, as they witnessed the political change that Mahinda Rajapaksa intended to bring about.
He stated a person following the Bandaranaike Chinthanaya cannot walk the path of a dictator, adding this journey has now taken backward steps.
Athukorala stressed it was painful for them to witness when Maithripala Sirisena on the 26th of October in 2018 joined hands with a corrupt group that was defeated on the 8th of January 2015.
He said the group had great doubts and concerns as to which direction the President was headed when Maithripala Sirisena allied with the Rajapaksa’s and their corrupt group.
The District Organiser said if the Sri Lanka Freedom Party is in danger then they must express their opposition against any action that might be detrimental to the party.
Former Mayor of Kaduwela GH Buddhadasa speaking at the media breifing said the Sri Lanka Freedom Party is facing a sorry state.
He said President Maithripala Sirisena repeatedly stated that until he is alive he will not let Mahinda Rajapaksa become Prime Minister, however as if it was destiny he appointed Mahinda Rajapaksa in secret as the country’s Prime Minister.
Buddhadasa also reminded the Head of State said that even if all 225 MPs sign a document, he would not appoint Ranil Wickremesinghe Prime Minister and said he won’t remain in office even for one hour.
He pointed out however it has now been weeks, yet Maithripala Sirisena hasn’t resigned from office.
Buddhadasa stated in India if a train derails the subject Minister resigns.
He said if he had contested from the Podujana Peramuna, today he would have been be the Mayor of Kaduwela.
He stressed today he has become a nobody because of Maithripala Sirisena, adding today the SLFP is at a low point even in comparison to Wimal Weerawansa’s National Freedom Front.
He questioned as to whether there is any point in remaining with the SLFP under such circumstances.
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