Can the SLFP be thrown out? Sampanthan

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Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R. Sampanthan asked in Parliament as to how the new political party Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) could dispense with Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) founded by the late S.W. R. D. Bandaranaike.

Making his remarks during the debate on an adjournment motion, Mr Sampanthan, who is also the Opposition Leader, said the SLFP was sought to be dispensed with.

“There is coming into existence a new political party called the Pohottuwa, or the SLPP, which is said to be comprised of - I am not saying, comprising of I am saying, said to be comprised of - even some senior members of the SLFP.

“I want to raise a question in Parliament and raise it before the whole country as to how it can ever be possible for anyone to dispense with the party founded by the late S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike in the 50s when he resigned from the then UNP Government and crossed over to the Opposition.

“It was a party which he led, a party through which he governed, a party through which several of his successors governed in this country, how that party can be abandoned in favour of the new party that came into existence just a couple of months ago? he asked.

Besides, he said the Provincial Council Elections must be held.

“They are important, they cannot be delayed and they must be held early,” he said.

“But, before the Provincial Council Elections are held, to make the provincial autonomy meaningful, something that will effectively give power to people at the provincial level, the new Constitution that we are proposing, must be enacted, addressing primarily the three main issues referred to by the Mover of this Adjournment Motion: the National Question, Provincial Governance, Provincial or Regional Autonomy, Executive Presidency and the new Electoral Reform Process,” he said.

  Comments - 9

  • Vajja Monday, 09 July 2018 11:08 PM

    maara anukampaawakne! Mr. Sampanthan, you were not so attached to when the SLFP had real power in the country, no! Answer to your question is very simple. If your wife is continuously refusing to feed your new born child, what decision will you take? Due to various reasons such as that she is your legally married one, better half, your parents selection etc etc, would you stay together with her and let your child die or will you look for an alternative (go for a kiri amma(wet nurse) or a Milk powder)?

    SL Monday, 09 July 2018 11:38 PM

    Someone is afraid that he will lose the opposition leader position! Mr. Sampanthan you are the worst opposition leader SL has so far. Note that this includes Ranil Wickramasinghe.

    GH Monday, 09 July 2018 11:45 PM

    Invaluable hue and cry results nothing but numbering the last days of this very regime where your posh life must come to an end. You guys really deadly opposed SWRD's policies when he introduced Sinhala Only, well you also said, that led to ethnic violence. So, why you LTTE leader make positive comments? Ridiculous to hear!

    Lokka Tuesday, 10 July 2018 08:07 AM

    No, not for the love of the SLFP, he sees the danger his party (a proxy of the LTTE) faces if the Pohottuwa Party comes to power.

    Say NO Tuesday, 10 July 2018 10:02 AM

    say NO to RACISM

    karigalan Tuesday, 10 July 2018 02:28 PM

    I think when we have people like you we should get Pottuva or Ranil as our leader Jokers deserve jokers as leader what can i say if you cry to get MR in to power

    Don Tuesday, 10 July 2018 09:31 AM

    Only constant in this world is change.Look at what internet/Iphone has done.Look at T20 in cricket.Likewise if you do not deliver (or when there is better value) change will be rapid

    Prasad Tuesday, 10 July 2018 03:34 PM

    I have a feeling that all three major parties will lose in the future.Since 1996 UNP didn't get enough votes to rule the country. SLFP too will lose control in near future since people are losing faith on them . JVP too has become old fashion who thinks that government should provide every thing free for people. New generation thinks differently with all the social medias. However, it will take some time to see a change in the north east were people still cling on to old fashion ideas.

    Lionel Tuesday, 10 July 2018 03:48 PM

    Who cares what this man says. Who told him Opposition Leader. He doesn't understand a simple fact. Party with peoples blessing will survive like a fish in water.

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