Refrain from forming new fronts: MS tells JO
President Maithripala Sirisena , in a meeting last night, requested Sri Lanka Freedom Party( SLFP) MPs sitting in the Joint Opposition to refrain from forming any new political fronts and acting in a manner detrimental to the interests of the party.
The President called for this meeting with the SLFP members of the Joint Opposition ahead of the protest march they were planning from Kandy to Colombo under the guidance of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
President Sirisena , however, said he would not mind the Joint Opposition criticizing the government when and where necessary. The meeting took place at his official residence. All SLFP members, barring MPs Namal Rajapaksa and Chamal Rajapaksa, were present.
Referring to the protest march called ‘Pada Yatra’ , he said he would not oppose it. Yet, he stressed the need for SLFP members representing both the government and the opposition to in unity. He noted that the party would be compelled to take action otherwise.
The Joint Opposition members said party people at grassroots level were disappointed with the decision to forge ahead with the national unity government for five more years.
The President is reported to have said that it was done to bolster investor confidence.
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This is funny.
The boss said ” refrain from forming any new political fronts and acting in a manner detrimental to the interests of the party.”
Isn’t sitting in the Joint Opposition under bulldogs called Wimal W, Vasu N (aging bulldog) and Dinesh G (aging bulldog) amount to “acting in a manner detrimental to the interests of the party”?
If the boss has any guts, he should kick the JO out of the Party and then commence the process of strengthening the SLFP in line with the political philosophies of the pundits including Solomon West, Srimavo B and Chandrika KB.
The SLFP was a political front of the amude-wearing Sinhala Buddhist proletariat before the advent of the R family who cared two hoots about the party.
MY3 has a great opportunity of resuscitating to Party to its former glory. He must act to save democracy for the years to come.
you rite i agree with you Mr.Gabaya Mithree its high time the SLFP whent back to its old symbol and kicked all the thieves and JO out it will be only then they could win elections
Gabaya and Concerned are on the right track regarding the SLFP.
For democracy to survive and flourish, the political parties should be strong, have solid following and have honest and principled leaders.
The UNP, despite all its trials and tribulations in the past 12 years, has turned out to be a strong political party.
The SLFP is in a pathetic state; it is divided and lacks discipline. Many of its leaders have shady backgrounds.
It is time Prez MY3 puts his foot down, cleanses the party and commence building it to regain past glory. The objective is to provide the nation with a strong political force to enable survival of democracy. By becoming strong, organised and with honest, capable and committed leaders, the SLFP will soon be an alternative political force to lead the nation.
Prez MY3 has the capacity and leadership capabilities to undertake this task. The nation awaits his next move.
You definitely are more smart than your predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksha who took so many things for granted, We in the South nurtured by Buddhism tend to trust too much on others, even on our enemies even to the point of our own demise. But You from rusty rural Polonnaruwa with no superfluous Educational background is putting a far better show than Suba in’ Yasa saha Suba ‘ our historical play. All because knave Mahinda did not kick you out of the party the moment you betrayed him and the Party after the infamous midnight ‘Hopper Party’. The Country and Mahinda himself are paying heavily for his far too adherence to astrology and to his close henchmen , you included.
I think once upon a time – not too long ago – you were threatening – to throw out the SLFP MPs who attend the Joint Opposition event. What happened? The reality is the support for JO has grown by the day in the light of ‘impossible to prove allegations’ fed to the voters and the false promises gave to them to get their votes and grab power, isn’t it?
I doubt if the support for the JO is increasing.
One thing which the Sena-Singhe Government has restored is freedom of speech and freedom of association.
Hence the loud-mouths are at their loudest. In the previous regime, the only place to raise your concerns was the parliament under Parliamentary privilege. In the space outside, all dissenters were chased away by gun-toting Provincial Council Chairmen or abducted by the white van.
The JO is basking in the freedom and not really appreciating the blessings endowed upon society.
Please let the SLFP become strong at the same time our President was elected to bring all wrong doers who rob the people to justice by a fair trail