Dec 24, 2016

Let us unite the SLFP - Dulles Featured

MP of the Joint Opposition (JO) Dulles Alahapperuma says that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) should walk out from the government and become the opposition, reports the weekend publication 'Sath Handa'.

He has emphasised that the SLFP, which secured the most number of electorates at the last General election should break away from the United National Party (UNP) and take up the reins of the Opposition.

The 'Sath Handa' further reports :

The MP was speaking on certain MPs of the JO stating that they would back the SLFP if the party decides to walk out of the unity government and create a government alone as well as on certain reports citing that he and Mahindananda Aluthgamage had met with the President on this regard.

Responding, MP Alahapperuma said that although reports of him meeting with President Maithripala Sirisena were false, they intended to suggest to the President that the SLFP should become the opposition.


Noting that there was a risk of the SLFP splitting to two at the upcoming LG polls, the MP said that the UNP would achieve an easy victory in such a backdrop.

He added that remaining in the government for the sake of positions and privileges would lead the party to its' ruin.

However, political sources say that a group of MPs from the JO have pledged their support to form a SLFP government and the President is yet to take a decision on this regard.

(Sath Handa)

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