Alluding to a certain split within the SLFP led UPFA, Minister Sarath Amunugama said the SLFP felt the situation came as a miserable pleasure because the gap created by the Mahinda Rajapaksa faction's exit, could be filled with educated youth in the nomination lists at the upcoming Parliamentary elections.
He said when Parliament was dissolved last Friday, the SLFP had 127 members in Parliament. The SLFP had initially decided to give nominations to all sitting SLFP MPs. Therefore, it would have been problematic for the party’s nomination board to accommodate all of them if the SLFP faction led by former President Rajapaksa remained with the SLFP led by President Sirisena.
He said that young and educated youth, professionals and educated women have shown enormous enthusiasm to contest the poll under the SLFP grabbing the opportunity created by the void.
However, Minister Amunugama stressed that discussions were still continuing to bring the two factions under one flag and contest the poll as a single front.
Addressing the weekly news briefing at the SLFP head office, Minister Amunugama said there were many proposals to unite the divided SLFP with one group led by President Maithripala Sirisena and the other by former President Rajapaksa.
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Comments - 18
Jeff Thursday, 02 July 2015 07:53 PM
Dayasri Gamage fit in to PM contestant.
Manel Thursday, 02 July 2015 09:33 PM
G R O B R.
Daya Friday, 03 July 2015 10:46 AM
Bet, even his mistress Geetha will not be able secure 5000 votes if she contests under the the SLPA
C.K.Lankaputhra Friday, 03 July 2015 10:55 AM
Cobra is a cobra whether in Colombo or Thangalla or Madamoolana.
Esjey Friday, 03 July 2015 10:57 AM
MS should stand firm and reject MR for sake of reconciliation with all communities and to move forward.
upali Friday, 03 July 2015 10:59 AM
People have already rallied around MR and you all will be in political wilderness with MS and CBK.
Ammo Friday, 03 July 2015 11:12 AM
If MR comes then bullet to MS for sure.
perera Thursday, 02 July 2015 06:54 PM
No need to collude with murderers, thieves, uneducated thugs and the ethanol dealers. Let them die with the discarded family.
J R Rajasinghe Thursday, 02 July 2015 06:57 PM
Dear Dr, i hope you believe what you say.
Cyril n Friday, 03 July 2015 11:46 AM
Very well said Mr.Miniser. Great Blessings from God for revival of SLFP minus all these criminals, rogues, etc.
alisten Syndey Thursday, 02 July 2015 07:07 PM
MR is not a fool to leave SLPF and loose all 50% of the MPS. Hope MR
willowsd Thursday, 02 July 2015 07:08 PM
kick the thugs, robbers and murderers out from SLFP, even if you lose 2015 elections, in the long run it is the best solution.
Ranga Vipula Thursday, 02 July 2015 07:12 PM
Co-habitation with Ali Baba and the gang will be definitely a disaster to SLFP and will be a curse to our nation and the future generation.
Sikuru Thursday, 02 July 2015 07:13 PM
Its a blessing for the entire country
modaya Thursday, 02 July 2015 07:13 PM
First sencible talk from you.
Boonda Thursday, 02 July 2015 10:46 PM
With new powers under 19 and unable to dissolve parliament and to change a PM once appointed, MY3 realised lately that his life would be bettering if anyone other than MR to be the PM.
Sincere Thursday, 02 July 2015 10:47 PM
Oh yes, all the all the ihanda massas too! Not only to SLFP, but to the entire country!
clean Thursday, 02 July 2015 07:44 PM
Best nominate Chamal Rajapakse as PM via DM Android App
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