‘Group of 16’ tag-line no more: WDJ

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Former United Freedom Peoples Alliance (UPFA) Minister W. D. J. Seneviratne, who defected the government along with 15 other UPFA members, yesterday said they should no longer be addressed as the 'group of 16’ because they have decided to work together with the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP).

The MP expressed this view after meeting SLPP party leaders including its Chairman G. L. Peiris and National Organiser Basil Rajapaksa at party Head office in Battaramulla.

Speaking to journalists after the talks, MP Seneviratne said, “We shouldn’t be called the ‘group of 16’ any more. We decided to work together as one group to change the government. We have always been in the opposition since the day we left the government. There was no in between,”

He said the discussions were cordial and helped diminish any ambiguousness and discrepancies among the two factions. When asked whether they would take the membership of the SLPP, the MP said there was no such need.

Meanwhile, MP Lakshman Yapa Abeywardane said they were invited by the SLPP to attend the next group meeting of the Joint Opposition (JO) which would be held early next week.

“We accepted the invitation and we will attend the JO group meeting to be held under former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s leadership at his residence in Colombo,” he said.

He assured that they would work together with the JO as one anti-government group. “With the support of other parties, we will work together on one stage to face upcoming elections,” he said.

MPs Thilanga Sumathipala, Dayasiri Jayasekara and S. B. Dissanayake who are overseas and MP Dilan Perera were among the absentees. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

  Comments - 21

  • SPY SMASHER. Thursday, 28 June 2018 11:16 PM


    ==...== Friday, 29 June 2018 06:44 AM

    Wow this man?May be old ineffective politician and rejected by people. May be aother adviser to mi3. Don't waste our time.

    Ralahamy Friday, 29 June 2018 06:14 AM

    The 16 group waited, waited and waited for so long. There were no takers, so they go back to the godfathers. It is a long very very wait for these 16s. Between them they shared decades of political experience but it did not prepare them for this pathetic situation.

    rew Friday, 29 June 2018 03:10 PM

    Pathetic 16. Give up you are not wanted any more.

    Banda Friday, 29 June 2018 03:13 PM

    I am a joint opposition supporter. In my opinion the said group shifted their allegiance at a crucial moment. That is to help defeat JVP's 20A.

    lion Friday, 29 June 2018 07:01 AM

    WJ we as the citizen of this country know your conduct together with others who always look for your personal interest. Only motto of you 16 are how to protect our seat in the parliament and how to enjoy life until you all live in this world. What have you all done to the country for the colossal amount of money you all earned being in the parliament.Shame shame. Remember there is a universal truth that you have to pay for this and our sincere hope is that you all get what you all deserve during this life time.

    Wise Donkey Friday, 29 June 2018 07:14 AM

    Shameless 16, changing colors is nobody's business for them. How could one trust these selfish guys to serve the people who elected them on a certain party ticket. There should be legislation to unseat when he changes party after election. Today he is green, tomorrow he is blue and day after tomorrow he is red!

    Jay Friday, 29 June 2018 07:33 AM

    Your tag line should be: Jumping Old Frogs!

    Nimal Friday, 29 June 2018 08:20 AM

    We can call them Ex. Discardants

    Leo Friday, 29 June 2018 08:23 AM

    Request MR to prepare a major feast with the Chinese funds for your meeting.

    vasaliya Friday, 29 June 2018 02:48 PM

    MR came for a wedding at Shangri La recently. When requested to have dinner he said his dinner was prepared upstairs. Shows how the chinese keep bribing this man

    Kumara Dharmarathne Friday, 29 June 2018 08:34 AM

    You guys are pathetic dreamers and any party will think more than twice before they let you in because everybody knows that no party will exist long if you guys are there. You are totally rejected by the voters like rotten fish.

    jAYANTHA Friday, 29 June 2018 08:53 AM

    Before the promise to back up the president and now ... Shame lets remember those and when election comes we will throw these guys out

    Saman Friday, 29 June 2018 09:05 AM

    Now we are united robbers...?

    Mandy Friday, 29 June 2018 09:36 AM

    How about Worthless 16 or Homeless 16 to describe them then.

    vithura Friday, 29 June 2018 02:27 PM

    May be they would prefer to be tagged as 'Alibaba's 16 henchmen'.

    CITIZEN Friday, 29 June 2018 04:00 PM

    Please appoint Charlie (Dilan) Chaplin as the spokesman for the Gang-16!

    renu Friday, 29 June 2018 04:59 PM

    They belong to the Political dustbin, none will respect them as his representative, these versatile characters must be swept out of the political map of the country

    TONY Friday, 29 June 2018 06:57 PM


    Dhara W Saturday, 30 June 2018 10:00 PM

    Hello John my boy, I know you too well to believe you. You are a silent cheat. Why dont you tell Sirisena direct where you stand or sit.

    Mevan Sunday, 01 July 2018 02:42 AM

    How ungrateful these crooks are. Some of them could not win their seats at the last election and they are in parliament thanks to the president who appointed them as MPs. Now they are going to support rogues like Basil and MR. Can't the president remove them from appointed posts and send them home.

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