16 SLFPers to decide future Based on selection of office bearers

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By Sandun A Jayasekera

The 16 SLFP MPs will decide whether they should function under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena or that of MP Mahinda Rajapaksa after reviewing the list of SLFP office bearers selected on July 3, MP Dayasiri Jayasekara said yesterday.

“If the 16 SLFPers who quit the unity government are given responsible positions in the party at the election of new office bearers, they would definitely stand with the President and participate at the forthcoming PC, presidential and parliamentary polls under his leadership,” he said. “If otherwise, we will have no option but to join the SLPP led by Mr. Rajapaksa.”    


Mr. Jayasekara told a media conference that the SLFP rebel group would do its utmost to unite the various factions of the SLFP under President Sirisena and the SLPP led by Mr. Rajapaksa under a single umbrella because the two factions have common policies and programmes to take the country forward.   


“If the two factions did not want to contest polls either under the hand symbol or the pohottuwa, after an electoral agreement to contest the polls as a single front, we can select the betel leaf or chair as the common symbol. We will not give up our efforts to unite the two SLFP groups as a single, strong political force against the UNP. Our main objective is to unite not only the two main SLFP factions but all other progressive political entities and leftist political parties under one umbrella to face the UNP at the upcomong polls,” he said.   

 

If the two factions did not want to contest polls either under the hand symbol or the pohottuwa, after an electoral agreement to contest the polls as a single front, we can select the betel leaf or chair as the common symbol


Mr. Jayasekara said they hope to convince the 23 SLFPers still remaining in the yahapalana government to quit and strengthen the SLFP under the President’s leadership.   

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