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Tie-up with SLFP failed as ministers reluctant to give up perks: JO

2017-12-08 04:45:16
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The joint opposition yesterday said the attempts made by them to join hands with the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) in the upcoming elections had failed since several ministers were not ready give up their ministerial privileges.

Joint opposition member MP Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena told a news conference that they were basically a part of the SLFP and added that the ownership of the SLFP could not be determined on factors like its headquarters or designations.

“The place which implements the party’s policy will be considered as the SLFP. The joint opposition will always stand by the SLFP’s policy. But there is no space for SLFP in the government. They do not follow the SLFP policy” he added.

He said therefore the joint opposition could not fall in line with the present procedure. He also said that they did not have any other issue with this regard expect over matters related to the party’s policy.

“Therefore, initially we invited the SLFP to join hands with us by leaving the government. Then we can take huge steps ahead together in politics. No minister agreed to the said decision since they were keen on protecting their ministerial perks and privileges. Therefore, nothing could be done us,” he added.

While commenting on the special statement by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe which is scheduled to be presented today, MP Abeywardena said that Prime Minister Wickremesinghe could be regarded as the first Prime Minister who had made the highest number of blank statements in the Parliament’s history.

He alleged even though the Prime Minister had made many special statements in Parliament, all of them were useless and added that they had only resulted in misleading people. (Kalathma Jayawardhane)


  Comments - 7

  • Unchikun Friday, 8 December 2017 06:27

    Ha Ha Ha. You are telling us something we never knew before ?

    Reply : 0       13

    Sambo Friday, 8 December 2017 07:26

    I don't see why a powerful SLFP should dance to the tune of a minority breakaways and listen to their demands. Who are they. It is the minority who should be listening to the majority. The JO is the Creams pot of thieves for the government to fall in 2015.

    Reply : 4       23

    Sharon Friday, 8 December 2017 08:23

    Any way go separately under Pohottuwa.

    Reply : 0       13

    sobers Friday, 8 December 2017 08:25

    Your statement is nothing new, All politicians in Srilanka are very greedy and corrupt, While canvassing for votes they become "Down to Earth", When they enter parliament not only they bloat but become arrogant and corrupt. They ride on dividing the foolish masses to gather votes. Srilankans generaly are very good until dirty politicians create differences.

    Reply : 0       14

    Vernon Friday, 8 December 2017 09:12

    SLFP in government are reluctant to give up perks and hence fighting to remain in government. Those in JO are fighting to get back into perks.

    Reply : 0       8

    Lord Wolfstein Friday, 8 December 2017 11:09

    Who concludes agreements with the criminals of the "JO" will always be the loser.

    Reply : 0       8

    TONY Friday, 8 December 2017 18:44

    AND THE JO IS NOT PREPARED TO DROP THEIR DEMAND TO NOMINATE MR AS LEADER. HAS JO GOT TO JOIN THE MAIN PARTY OR THE MAIN PARTY TO JOIN A MINORITY GROUP

    Reply : 0       3

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