Duminds wants Maithri to seek a second term


By Ranjith Wimalasiri

The only person, capable of contesting the next presidential election successfully as the SLFP candidate, is President Maithripala Sirisena, SLFP General Secretary and Agriculture Minister Duminda Dissanayake says.

"Neither Mahinda Rajapaksa nor Chandrika Kumaratunga can contest another presidential election due to the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. Some may not want to hear that though there are many among us who like those two leaders. But, the fact remains that they are disqualified from contesting a presidential election again. The only person who can do so and steer the party to victory is President Sirisena."

Minister Dissanayake was addressing the Kolonnawa SLFP Youth Convention at the Sanasa Hall at Kotikawatte last week.

The Minister said the 65th SLFP national convention would be held on Sept. 04 at the Maligawa Grounds in Kurunegala and many decisions important for the party’s future would be made there. "The next convention would be the best ever national convention of the party," he said.

"SWRD Bandaranaike left the UNP and the five main forces of society, bhikkus, doctors, teachers, farmers and labourers rallied around him to form the SLFP. Since then the SLFP is the main progressive force in Lankan politics. It is the SLFP that protected this country and its traditions always. We worked for the benefit of the people. There are some parties which can only bellow rhetoric," Dissanayake said.

The event was organised by Kolonnawa SLFP Organiser Prasanna Solangarachchi and attended by many SLFP youth wing members and also addressed by Deputy Agriculture Minister Santha Bandara.



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