SLFP leadership says party facing risk of split

By Maheesha Mudugamuwa

The SLFP was faced with the risk of a split which could threaten the stability of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) coalition, SLFP General Secretary Anura Priydarshana Yapa warned yesterday.

Addressing a press conference at the SLFP headquarters, Yapa said that the reason for facing the risk was due to the discussing of party issues in public.

All members had a responsibility to protect the party and they were all bound to discuss their problems at party meeting, Yapa said, adding that currently there was a huge disciplinary issue as regards some party members.

Yapa also noted that it was not necessary to change the Opposition Leader’s post because Nimal Siripala de Silva was the most suitable person to hold such position at present.

He said that the present Opposition Leader De Silva had risen to the defence of the party at crucial junctures and therefore he was best suited for the post.

"SLFP is only supporting President Maithripala Sirisena’s 100 days programme and once it is concluded, it will carry out its duties and functions as the Opposition," he added.

Yapa also asked the government to stop political victimisation. Many workers at the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) and Sri Lanka Railways had been victimized after the election, he said.

The government had promised to battle corruption and usher in good governance but it had not taken any action against the Central Bank Governor involved in a mega bond scandal.

UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayantha said the country had a coalition government; it was not a national government.

The SLFP was not part of the government and its members had been appointed Ministers only to support and help expedite the President’s 100-day programme with the approval of the SLFP Central Committee, he noted.

"The Speaker’s decision about the post of opposition leader will be final and we will abide by it," Premajayantha said.

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