Susil alleges UNP trying to divide SLFP



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By Dasun Edirisinghe


UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayantha yesterday lambasted former President and SLFP leader Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga for working for the UNP in her retirement. She had never worked for the SLFP since her retirement, he said.


Answering a query at the UPFA media briefing, the UPFA General Secretary said her statements in support of the UNP with days to go for a crucial election were condemnable.


Premajayantha said that since 2005, when former President Mahinda Rajapaksa entered the presidential race she had not backed the SLFP.


The UPFA General Secretary said that there was no division in the SLFP at present, but the UNP and their sympathisers wanted to create an internal battle in the party.


He said they would definitely appoint former President Mahinda Rajapaksa Prime Minister after winning the August 17 general election with a clear majority.


Asked whether President Sirisena would appoint former President as PM, Premajayantha said that Dr Rajitha Senaratne had earlier said former President Rajapaksa would not get nominations to contest the general election, but he had been proved wrong. Likewise, former President would be appointed Prime Minister after the election.


Former Minister Dilan Perera said that a group of UPFA heavyweights had handed over its election manifesto to President Maithripala Sirisena prior to its launch and President Sirisena wished the UPFA a landslide victory.


"We handed over the manifesto to President at his official residence and he wished us success. We had milk rice together."


Perera said that Maithri – Mahinda combination was the only way to take the country forward and it could not be done with present Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.


He said PM Wickremesinghe had failed to complete his term as Prime Minister twice and it clearly indicated he could not work with a President, but former President Rajapaksa worked very cordially as the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader with former President Kumaratunga.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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