Anura, Susil will compromise with President

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By Sandun A Jayasekera
The former General Secretary of the SLFP Parliamentarian Anura Priyadharshana Yapa or the UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayantha in a compromising stance do not expect to challenge the expulsion from their respective posts by President Maithripala Sirisena despite pressure from the Mahinda Rajapaksa camp, the Dailymirror learns, Mr. Yapa told the yesterday that he had never objected to a decision taken by the party leader in his 30 year career in politics and there was no reason to challenge President Sirisena at this time as well.

“We have no intention to take legal action against the decision to remove us from our posts. However, our position is that both of us still remain in our respective posts. Under no circumstances we would go to courts even in an extreme situation to engage in a legal fight with our party or party leader,” Mr. Yapa said. Mr. Yapa said both Mr. Premajayantha and he expected to cooperate and follow the instructions of President Sirisena in carrying out the affairs of the UPFA and the SLFP.

He said though there were media reports that 13 members of the SLFP Central Committee had been removed, not a single official of the party had been removed so far.

President Sirisena issued a statement on Friday to the effect that he had removed Mr. Premajayantha and Mr. Yapa from the posts of General Secretaries of the UPFA and the SLFP.  On Saturday he reportedly fired 13 pro-Rajapaksa members of in Central Committee of the SLFP apparently to consolidate his power in the party.

Former Prime Ministers Ratnasiri Wickramanayake, D.M.Jayaratne, John Seneviratne, Janaka Bandara Tennakone and Dilan Perera were among those sacked from the SLFP Central Committee membership.

 The UPFA members supporting Mr. Rajapaksa were urging both Mr. Premajayantha and Mr. Yapa to challenge their expulsion from the post of General Secretary before the election but the two seasoned politicians have decided against it and decided to cooperate with President Sirisena. Commenting on the appointing of members from the National List to Parliament, Mr. Yapa said he had already submitted the list of SLFP members to be appointed to Parliament.

Meanwhile, Assistant Elections Commissioner U. Amaradasa said a time period had been given to all political parties, who are entitled to nominate members to the National List to submit their names to the Elections Department.