Former Ministers SM Chandrasena (Anuradhapura district MP) and Salinda Dissanayake (Kurunegala district MP) have been removed from the SLFP Central Committee
MP Dissanayake speaking to Daily Mirror Online a short while ago said no explanation has been done as to why he was removed from the Central Committee and added that he is shocked at the decision as he was engaged in politics representing the SLFP for over 40 years. He is among the SLFP MPs who are backing the call for former President Rajapaksa to be made the PM candidate of the UPFA.
“I was imprisoned three times; my parents’ homes were set on fire as a result of my affiliation with the SLFP. But after new President Maithripala appointed a new group of officials in the party, those with a lower seniority level were given higher positions in the party simply owing to the fact that they pledged support to him,” he said.
He went on to state that President Sirisena has no right to remain as the SLFP Chairman after contesting at the election from the swan symbol.
“He is trying to break the backbone of the SLFP and make it servile to the UNP. We will not be discouraged by these harassments – in fact we will continue our struggle to make former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka,” he said. (Lakna Paranamanna)