SLFP won’t endorse separate recognition for joint opposition

Published : 7:58 am  February 13, 2016 | No comments so far |  |  (275) reads | 

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By Kelum Bandara 
The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) led by President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday decided not to endorse the request to recognize its members in the joint opposition as a separate group in Parliament,  party officials said yesterday.  
The Central Committee at its meeting discussed several matters including the party’s future.


The SLFP members sitting with the joint opposition can criticise the Government but would not be recognised as a separate group as long as they continued to be members of the SLFP 


Party senior John Seneviratne said the SLFP MPs, sitting in the opposition, could criticize the government, but    they would not be recognized as a separate group as long as they were members of the SLFP.

The joint opposition, mainly comprising MPs of the SLFP, has requested that they be recognised as a separate group in Parliament.   The National Unity Government comprises the United National Party (UNP) and the SLFP though a faction of the SLFP loyal to former president Mahinda Rajapaksa is opposed to the government.


The SLFP MPs, sitting in the opposition, could criticize the government, but    they would not be recognized as a separate group 


 In the wake of Mr.  Rajapaksa opening his public relations office as a precursor to the formation of a new political party, the SLFP Central Committee is adamant not to leave room for any division of the party.  Minister Seneviratne said the Central Committee decided to request its alternative group remaining in the joint opposition to team up with the party.