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SLFP Members Begin To Defect

by Ranjith Gunawardena

A large number of senior Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members have decided to leave the party after being dejected at the division in the party.

SLFP member and former minister Felix Perera said that if the party is to rebuilt, President Maithripala Sirisena, former Presidents Mahinda Rajapaksa and Chandrika Kumaratunga must take steps to unite the party by reaching a compromise. He said what happens now is they raise allegations against each other causing committed SLFP supporters to leave the party.

Former minister and former SLFP deputy secretary Piyasena Gamage said that unless the former presidents came to a consensus to immediately solve the present conflicts in the party, the SLFP will lose the forthcoming elections. He also said that he will get away from politics forever if there is no immediate solution for the party conflict.

Another SLFPer who vowed to resign from politics in this regard is former senior minister and deputy chairman Milroy Perera who said he is now utterly frustrated in what is happening in the party.

Revealing his stand, former deputy minister Sarana Gunawardena said that the SLFP Central Committee or its Executive Committee is not the real SLFP and added that since former president Chandrika Kumaratunga took deliberate steps to remove him from the party, he has no place in the party.

Meanwhile, former Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratne on Friday made an emotional appeal to President Maithripala Sirisena, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and former President Chandrika Kumaratunga to take measures to ensure the Sri Lanka Freedom Party does not split.

Speaking at an event in Kandy, Jayaratne said that he feels very sad at what is taking place within the SLFP.

He said that he personally met President Maithripala Sirisena and the two former Presidents and appealed to them to protect the SLFP. Jayaratne, who was Prime Minister under Rajapaksa, said that he feels outside influence has resulted in attempts to split the party. “I am still attempting to unite these three leaders,” Jayaratne said and added that if the three leaders unite, then the SLFP can easily win an election at any time. He said that so many SLFP supporters have urged him to unite the party and he will continue to make that effort.

The former Prime Minister said that he was aware that he would not live long but his love for the party will never die.

 

 

12 Comments for “SLFP Members Begin To Defect”

  1. Psycho

    Without crying wolf, let the fellows defect.

  2. Shawn

    Those who day dream of uniting the SLFP are wasting their time. Sending MR and his family to jail for their mass crime is the only solution for SLFP to unite. Who can do this?

  3. As a member of the SLFP proposed by Late Madam Bandaranaike and seconded by then Secretary wish to state that the SLFP split because Maitripala Sirisena sold the SLFP to the UNP to bring the UNP to power by gross mendacity against President Rajapksa. Present President Maitripala Sirisena is acting as a dictator and removing the SLFP members by whim and caprice. Sri Lanka has now become a Fratrocracy led by a despot.

    • Decent Lankan

      Used to be led by a despot (MR) until he and the family rule was deposed…….this coming from a member of the SLFP and a son of a SLFP MP (1960 to 1977)when Mrs B was first elected

    • jayantha

      Please do not talk about the present group of SLFP members starting with the most Currupt Kumar Welgama he is one worst Dirtiest filthiest so called Sinhala Buddhist,ripping the poor Sinhalese Buddhist fro under thir own pillows,the poor man’s money hidden in the hora Banks and closestss,the hora Gamini Lokuge the other filthy paraya,the latest earliest hora jadaya abeygunawardene who
      who has even money hidden in banks and even in his amudae,an absolute paraya,these are who go to every temple lifting their stinking arses worshipping Buddha, the hora jada Weerawansa who only studied upto year nine with hora passport wife has stolen 16 govt Housesgiven to his jadaya relations these are fellows who thinks that this coutry belongs to thir filthy stinlking relations ,the so called Buddhist members have ruined this country it is now not worth even living in the country,so cuurpted because of these filthy stinking so called Sinhalese
      culture has been ruined ,we Sinhalese should think a bit more and try not get a bottle of arrack or a packet of rice from these MR meetigs just support these filthy bastards
      the interlectual Sinhalese Buddhist group[about 10%],the Hidus,the intelligent
      muslims,the burgers,almost the entire Christian and the catholic group,very interlectual will alays think of the country and not the rice packets and bottles of arrck,will never ever vote fir this filthy group,hey will support the the good GOVt
      and good on them

  4. garawi

    If MR joins MS and Chandrika there will bea hefty price to pay, namely drop ALL charges against MR , his family and his gang. That is not why the voters wanted at the last election. MS has no right to do that. He was voted for clean government and he cannot step back in to the same corrupt lot.

  5. garawi

    Parties split if it is necessary. SWRD split from the UNP in 1952 for policy reasons. The same way the SLFP can split for corrupt practices followed by MR and the gang. There will be hubdreds of new non-corrupt young SLFPers waiting to replace the vacancies.MS has shown that already by firing the old corrupt provincial SLFP organizers . No harm in it! In fact it will be healthy for the party in the long run.

  6. daggy

    CBK a swindler with an external mandate and a hidden agenda is destroying the SLFP.

  7. Lima

    LAKSHMAN IS A FOOL , HE IS PANDANG KARAYA TO MURDER / ROBBER JARAPAKSA . WHAT PRES SIRISENA DID WAS CORRECT.. KICK ALL THE ROBBERS / MURDERSRS AND CLEAN THE PARTY ONCE AND FOR ALL. THEN EVEN AFTER 3 OR MORE ELECTION SLFP WILL STAND FOR A LONG TIME. NOW THE SLFP MEMBERS IN PARLIAMENT ARE ROBBERS / MURDERERS , THEY ROBBED SRI LANKA WHOLESALE AND MURDERED COUNTRYMEN

  8. Mahen

    It is so stupid to talk about political parties when what is required is total progress for the country left far behind in the modern era.

  9. Wera

    You cannot expect Maithree and CBK ot work with a scoundrel who is guilty of high crimes. That is the whole problem. Rather than admit this and explain it to the dumb voters you go one pretending that somehow Mahinda is deserving of respect and equal status. Face facts or you get what you deserve.

  10. Who cares about the party, most of the SLFP MPs are sticking together to escape conviction for their plundering the country with help from Alli Baba ( Mahinda Baba ) all crooks are hanging on to MR with hope he will come to power & save them, that will never happen, all will end up in prison where they can form a new party SLFP Prisioners Faction, there is enough to contest the next Parliamentry Election, SLFP ( P Wing).

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