Team of SLFP MPs in talks with UNP

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A team of MPs from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) are in contact with the United National Party (UNP) in a move to join hands with each other in view of future elections, the Daily Mirror learns.

These SLFP MPs are likely to abstain or be absent during the vote on the budget to be taken up in parliament today evening.

According to highly placed political sources, these SLFP MPs are not happy about the move by Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) to field former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa as a presidential candidate. They are likely to support the UNP at the next presidential elections.

The SLFP had a meeting with its leader President Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday evening at his residence on the budget vote. However, the party could not take a decision because some MPs are not ready to vote against the budget on the basis that it contained allocations to the President’s Office and the Ministries held by him.

According to sources, these MPs will abstain or be absent during the vote today as they did during the budget vote after second reading earlier. (Kelum Bandara)

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  • Ponseka Friday, 05 April 2019 02:32 PM

    'Self Preservation' First is the policy of Sri Lankan Politicians. Oh Why oh Why can't our esteemed Business Community who depend on a strong economy form a political party and contest the elections, without wasting another 70 years depending on career politicians to screw us?

    Gamarala Friday, 05 April 2019 04:57 PM

    The business community do not wait for the invitation. They are already in, supporting the person who look after their interest. Your problem is you don't see them in Green, Blue or Yellow, but they are there.

    Martin Milton Friday, 05 April 2019 06:49 PM

    You are all correct. The sad thing is that these self serving greedy Politicians will somehow try to find their way into Parliament yet again and the ignorant uncaring people WILL vote for them! Instead of rejecting the lot - 'lock stock and barrel' !! Let us hope the people know better next time and WILL reject them totally. MM


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