Group of 16 feels Mahinda must be made PM – Dayasiri

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya

The split from the Government by 16 Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members, including some Ministers, created ripples in the political arena.

Now known as the ‘Group of 16′, the former Government members are determined to see the exit of Ranil Wickremesinghe from the Prime Minister’s seat.

Group of 16 member and former Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera told The Sunday Leader online the SLFP members who recently left the Government would like to see former President Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed as Prime Minister.

Excerpts of the interview:

Is it true that the ‘Group of 16′ have proposed that Mahinda Rajapaksa be appointed Prime Minister?

Our position is that Ranil Wickremesinghe must be ousted. There are no two words about that. We also feel if Mahinda Rajapaksa is made Prime Minister now most issues will be resolved and the country can move ahead. We can later see about the Presidential candidate at the next Presidential elections.

Has there been a discussion on former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa?

As far as I know we have not had such a discussion.

Will you continue to deal with President Maithripala Sirisena?

Yes of course. He is still the leader of our political party

Do you see a chance of Maithripala Sirisena and Mahinda Rajapaksa working together?

They must unite and work together. We do not see any other alternative. There is still a lack of confidence between the two. Our role now is to build that confidence between them

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Why did you find it difficult to work with the UNP in the unity Government?

We were able to work with the UNP. The issue was we could not work with Ranil Wickremesinghe

Do you feel disappointed with the political decisions yo had to take in the recent past?

I do not feel disappointed. In politics we are compelled to take some decisions from time to time. I feel the decision I took was correct.

So what will happen or must happen over the next one and a half years?

What must happen is that there needs to be a new Prime Minister. If not this country will continue to suffer


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7 Comments for “Group of 16 feels Mahinda must be made PM – Dayasiri”

  1. SHM

    He is talking real nonsense, it was with Ranil’s support My3 defeated MR at the last presidential election and now the defeated candidate to become the PM.This Dayasiri is starting something new to cover up the millions he took Aloysius. There are no gullible people to fall for this the literacy in our country is over 95 percent. The 16 fools voted for the NCM against the PM on the instruction of My3. They won the election on the promise of prosecuting the past wrong doers while they were in power and if they want them in the government where is the mandate you got from the general public. If you have any guts resign from the SLFP and join MR’s new party. Our politicians are a real disgrace to the country they have no policy or principles and all for the hidden millions. Shame!

    • Tammy

      Well said, you are hundred percent right, glad there are right thinking people still in this country that cannot be fooled !!

  2. Lima

    THESE RASCALS HAVE NO PLACE TO GO , WASTING TIME AND COMING WITH KILLING IDEAS AFTER AQUIANTED WITH ROBBER / KILLER FAMILY FOR THEIR OWN GAINS.
    MAHINDA JARAPAKSA HAS THE FILE OF THIS RASCAL AS HE HAS TAKEN LOAN OF 60 MILLION FROM BANK OF CEYLON , STILL UNPAID. SO THESE ARE THE PUBLIC FUND ROBBERS AND JOINING THE KING ROBBER OF RS.70,000 MILLION OF SRI LANKA MONEY

  3. This Guy is a kind of Jumpimg Fish He is planing another Summersalt

  4. Kumar

    I suppose the group of 16 did get the loot they were looking for. MR must have offered better deal. It appears most politicians are there for themselves with no feeling for the country. Poor will get poorer and the politicians get richer, then buy mansions for cash in California?

  5. raj

    Mr.Sampanthan’s decision to support Mr.Srisena doesn’t make any sense if it is going to happen. Mr.Sampanthan have had made many wrong decisions for unknown reasons.

    • sarath

      Mahendra Rajapaksa is the biggest thief of this Country,stole the Psunami money of Nearly 82 miion,his sons are cold blooded murderers
      he himself is responsible for the murder of several jounalist and innocent
      people of this country
      to be made Pm must be a joke ,this moron must be executed in public
      he is a cold blooded murderer not suitable to be a PM

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