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G. L. Peiris

SLPP at loggerheads with the President

The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna says the public should be given an opportunity to vote in a new Parliament before April next year. Speaking during a media briefing in Colombo today, Chairman GL Peiris said the Parliamentary Election will be called immediately, if his faction wins the upcoming Presidential polls. He claimed that the public …

Maithripala Sirisena, Mahinda Rajapaksa

SLPP breathes fire over Sirisena’s fresh move

The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) yesterday warned its members will go before the Supreme Court if President Maithripala Sirisena attempts to seek a fresh clarification on when his term will end as it will delay elections. Speaking to media at the SLPP head office, SLPP Chairman Prof. G.L. Peiris said his party is preparing …

GL Peiris

Arrest both Nalaka Silva and Namal Kumara : G.L.

The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) today urged the government to arrest the Terrorist Investigation Department (TID) DIG Nalaka Silva and Anti-Corruption Force member Namal Kumara in connection with the plot to assassinate President Maithripala Sirisena and former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa. SLPP Chairman G.L. Peiris told a news conference that they believed that there …

G. L. Peiris

MR didn’t discuss politics with Modi – GL

The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna says certain factions are attempting to spread false information regarding former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s visit to India. Chairman of the party Professor GL Peiris said official discussions were not held regarding the presidential candidate who the Joint Opposition will field. He charged that at a time that the public is …

Gamini Lokuge - Vasudeva Nanayakkara - Joint Opposition

JO committee report on groups independence?

The Joint Opposition has appointed a committee to compile a report pertaining to the group operating independently in Parliament. The committee was appointed last evening during a meeting of party leaders representing the Joint Opposition chaired by former President Parliamentarian Mahinda Rajapaksa. Leader of the Sri Lanka Podu Jana Peramuna Professor G.L Peiris was appointed …

G. L. Peiris

Parliamentary elections likely to be delayed – GL

Leader of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Professor G.L. Peiris has charged parliamentary elections are likely to be delayed. Speaking to media in Kandy he said issues concerning the electoral system would be the cause of such a delay. Professor Peiris charged the government will definitely postpone the Parliamentary elections based on the same system …

G. L. Peiris

President often criticizes govt policies as though he’s an outsider – GL

Chairman of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), Professor G.L. Peiris, says that they will not support the candidacy of President Maithripala Sirisena should he decide to seek a second term in office. “I want to say on this occasion very explicitly, very emphatically that we will not directly or indirectly support in any manner …

GL Peiris

Sections of int’l media helping govt’s propaganda effort – JO

The Joint Opposition today claimed that a section of the international media has been helping the government in its propaganda effort to pin the blame for the recent incident of violence in Kandy on the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP).

“Sections of the international media have continued to amplify and broadcast the Sri Lanka government’s propaganda that the Joint Opposition or the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna was responsible for the recent Sinhala-Muslim disturbances in Kandy,” SLPP Chairman Prof. G.L. Peiris said.

Referring to a Reuters article alleging that “police and politicians backed by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa joined anti-Muslim riots” that rocked Sri Lanka’s Kandy district this month, he said the article is based on allegations made against the SLPP by the Law and Order Minister and the Cabinet Spokesman.

The latter is quoted as having stated that one SLPP local government representative named Samantha Perera was under investigation for ‘attacking Muslim-owned shops and mosques with stones’.

The Reuters article stated that CCTV footage shows Perera, pointing at the higher floors of a building opposite a mosque, and that according to the Cabinet Spokesman, another SLPP local government representative had been arrested for ‘setting fire to a mosque’.

“Samantha Perera has informed us that he had been trying to control the crowd and send them away and that there is CCTV footage to prove it,” the SLPP Chairman said in a statement.

“The wife of Gamini Rajapakshe, the SLPP local councilor who has been arrested, informs us that her husband had been arrested near the Narampanawa junction about 100 to 150 meters away from the Menikhinna mosque when he was returning home from his workplace.”

“There is an obvious attempt to frame members of the SLPP,” he said.

Peiris stated that even though the police Spokesman stated that the SLPP local councilor had been arrested while setting fire to a mosque, they learn that the Menikhinna mosque was never burnt but had only been attacked with stones.

He charged that from the moment disturbances broke out in Ampara and Kandy, the government has been trying to lay the blame for these incidents on the SLPP.

“We have already issued two statements pointing out among other things that these Sinhala-Muslim disturbances which are now increasing in frequency, were first started several years ago to destabilize the Rajapaksa government and that the reason why the present government never appointed a Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the incidents that began in 2012 and culminated in the Aluthgama disturbances 2014, is because all the perpetrators are among the founders of the present government.”

Despite this, the government keeps trying to pin the blame for these incidents on the SLPP, in the hope that they will be able to motivate the Muslim people to vote en masse with the present government as they did in January 2015, he alleged.

Peiris said that a section of the international media has been “helping the government in its propaganda effort.”

Recently, the London based Guardian in an article on the Kandy incidents quoted Alan Keenan of the International Crisis group who said that this violence can be related to ‘the growing strength of the Rajapaksa led opposition’ and that these clashes were being motivated by ‘a need to look for new enemies to unite the Sinhalese and to win votes’.

“Despite the efforts of various interested parties, nobody in this country, particularly the Muslim community believes these stories anymore,” he said.

The former foreign minister said that the party’s position on these incidents that have been occurring from time to time over the past several years is firstly, that all those responsible for the violence should be brought to book, and secondly that a Presidential Commission of Inquiry should be appointed to inquire into all such incidents going back to 2012.

GL Peiris

Investors have no faith – GL Peiris

The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna says a drastic decline in the country’s economy could occur if the present government does not make a clear change in its economic policy. Leader of the Podujana Peramuna Prof. GL Peiris said the disagreement in the current government may make the situation worse. Prof. GL Pieris said in order …

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