The fate of SLFP


While addressing SLFP’s Ratnapura district summit, President Maithripala Sirisena has said that no one from the potential presidential candidates, announced so far, can get more than 40% of the votes. According to the President, his party, SLFP, is having 12 – 15% of the votes and hence the decision factor at the forth coming presidential election is the SLFP (Divaina dated 16/09/2019).

As far as we are aware, the SLFP became the second largest single political party in the country since 1952 and was in a position to form coalition governments (under its leadership) in 1956, 1960, 1970, 1994, 2005 and 2010.

The entire country is aware how the SLFP General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena joined a group lead by the UNP and contested the SLFP leader at the last presidential election, in 2015, how Sirisena ensured the defeat of the SLFP (after taking over its leadership) at the last General Election, held in 2015, for his own political aspirations. As a result, the second largest party, since its inception, managed to get only 12% of the votes at the last provincial council election in 2018.

Both the status of the country and the party, led by President Sirisena, have deteriorated fast since then and rats have stared leaving the sinking boat and it is hard to count how many MPs are there today with the party, supporting the current leadership. Hence the 12% of votes counted in support of the party, in 2018, is no more. With the calling of nominations for the upcoming presidential election, more and more rats will start leaving the boat, since survival is part of the nature.


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