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Will quit Govt: Some SLFP ministers, MPs tell President

2017-09-08 08:20:17
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A group of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) MPs are reported to have informed President Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday night that they would quit the government soon and yesterday met former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to discuss the next step.

The group included Ministers Susil Premajayantha and Anura Priyadarshana Yapa and Deputy Ministers T.B. Ekanayake, Dulip Wijesekara, Nimal Lansa and Arundika Fernando. According to Reports at least 12 SLFP MPs in the government are likely to cross over.

They had the President after the late night Central Committee meeting on Wednesday. These ministers were reported to have said they found it increasingly difficult to be in the government amid corruption allegations such as the bond scam and questionable highway projects and criticised the government’s move towards power devolution.

Meanwhile, Deputy Minister Arundika Fernando and former President Chandrika Kumaratunga had reportedly crossed words at the Central Committee meeting with the deputy minister alleging that some UNP members were involved in fraud and corruption while Ms. Kumaratunga said the current government took office after ending a term riddled with rampant fraud and corruption. (Kelum Bandara)


  Comments - 41

  • varuandhar Friday, 8 September 2017 08:26

    At the end of the day we as citizens of Sri Lanka are the losers. While all other countries focus on "development", our country is solely focused on "forming governments" and "toppling governments"!!!

    Reply : 1       77

    Nalin Friday, 8 September 2017 11:32

    A new govt will always be a welcome development

    Reply : 40       8

    Hiran Friday, 8 September 2017 08:37

    What? They find it increasingly difficult to work amid corruption allegations? What were they doing during the last regime?

    Reply : 6       72

    Berty Ratnapala (Lawyer) Friday, 8 September 2017 11:22

    Truth is - these rotters played out left and right when they were with Rajapakshe, now no way to rob - they are leaving, no worries.

    Reply : 7       53

    Truth Friday, 8 September 2017 12:27

    Now these 12 will soon be taken to FCID for grilling.. that's have the law and order is in order in Sri Lanka

    Reply : 9       21

    Bala Friday, 8 September 2017 08:39

    What hypocrites. They were happy with all the corruption of the MR govt and now no way to loot asonly UNP looting.

    Reply : 5       56

    ceylon Friday, 8 September 2017 08:41

    joke and jokers.they go out due to corruption in government.then where they go to .most corrupt are mahinda group. via DM Android App

    Reply : 6       48

    Tony Rajakaruna Friday, 8 September 2017 10:50

    Not only that Mahinda had offered a Mega package (2.5 million each) from his robbed savings.

    Reply : 5       31

    gamini Friday, 8 September 2017 08:44

    if corruption is the reason to quit this govt. why run back to the King of corruption? unless you are promised a bigger share

    Reply : 5       52

    Milinda Friday, 8 September 2017 11:33

    Every politician abuses power. These MPs know the pulse of the nation.

    Reply : 8       11

    cheers Friday, 8 September 2017 08:50

    Excellent news UNP is highly corrupt and they have a reputation for mass fraud, murder and revenge the only party in SL with a such a history. Please handover Chandrika and Maitheree to UNP and then form the govt under Rajapakse the country will be better off in terms of development, national security and majority will endorse this.

    Reply : 64       16

    Jagath Friday, 8 September 2017 08:51

    This chandrika is another politician who should put in to garbage bin . After doing 2 terms any person should quit from politics .

    Reply : 32       18

    Snowy Friday, 8 September 2017 08:57

    The best and constructive news I heard after the General Election. Please let them go. See that all corruption charges against all ministers and MP are investigated. The are many in you cabinet who are corrupt. Get rid of these parasites.

    Reply : 3       46

    Common Man Friday, 8 September 2017 10:42

    Once they leave the party and join Mahinda, the FCID should call each fellow and investigate and take appropriate action for their past lootings...in billions.

    Reply : 3       23

    Lal Perera Friday, 8 September 2017 10:43

    These Kos atta fellows not needed for MS anyway.

    Reply : 2       25

    Upali Jayaratne Friday, 8 September 2017 10:47

    Evil men, betrayers and opportunists and looters going out is good for the party and our leader, let them go and be a slave to Mahinda who have slapped them so many times closing the door. Yapa, Susil, and Arundika will not forget this.

    Reply : 2       25

    J. Palitha Friday, 8 September 2017 16:34

    Yes, true I got to know except GL Pieris , Mahinda has slapped and trashed all closing the door after the influence of liquor.

    Reply : 1       11

    Augestin Thomas Friday, 8 September 2017 16:39

    Most of the close associates of MR had told that he had slapped almost all his henchmen closing the door, yes its true.

    Reply : 1       10

    T.M. Somadasa Friday, 8 September 2017 16:43

    These greedy fellows are only going behind Mahinda is for easy money (looted fund)

    Reply : 1       12

    Ruwan Friday, 8 September 2017 10:51

    They clearly know that it takes at least two years to hear a corruption case after investigations done if Government tries to hunt them down. Then this Government already gone and they are safe. Better timing. via DM Android App

    Reply : 3       19

    Leslie Fernando Friday, 8 September 2017 11:11

    Don't worry, our President is a hard gun, he will handle this matter wisely in due course and 50% of the culprits in the previous regime (looters) will end up behind bars.

    Reply : 3       21

    Leslie Weerakoon Friday, 8 September 2017 10:55

    No worries....No problem..... anyone can go and there are many to come in. Aluthgamage and WW had met Hon. President pleading him to absorb them.... (this meeting took place last week)

    Reply : 2       17

    S.K. Weerasinghe Friday, 8 September 2017 10:58

    A death threat sent to Susil by Gotta... so he got scared and joining Mahinda, others ofcourse, looters... all of you know, they cannot work with a loyal regime.

    Reply : 2       19

    Rasheed Friday, 8 September 2017 11:06

    All these will be stopped once they punish the former regime for corruption.All the previous govt cases are still pending but the Bond case is going at rapid speed.

    Reply : 2       21

    John Thangiah Friday, 8 September 2017 11:20

    Bunch of thieves who robbed with MR are going out, no problem Sir... SLFP is going to flourish only after these crooks leave.

    Reply : 2       22

    Milinda Friday, 8 September 2017 11:35

    flourish or perish? MR group will undo the SLFP. That's why no elections

    Reply : 9       3

    Nadi Karunaratne Friday, 8 September 2017 11:33

    That these people suddenly develop an aversion to corruption and therefore want to flee back to the Lankan Mugabe is ironic. The Lankan people are in the hands of competing mafia's and we need the existing political class to be entirely replaced with talented and upright people not parasites who lack any moral compass.

    Reply : 1       18

    Dhammika Friday, 8 September 2017 13:05

    Let them quit . Since they cannot make commissions now they are frustrated...........

    Reply : 1       14

    Sincere Friday, 8 September 2017 13:09

    True. How can those who never ever knew what corruption is all about can remain with this government.? They have to leave and join with the pure leaders they had acquainted with!

    Reply : 3       5

    Barry Friday, 8 September 2017 13:18

    Tony please report this alleged payments of Rs. 2.5 million each to the Bribery commission. As a good citizen you should act swiftly.

    Reply : 2       9

    Dee Friday, 8 September 2017 15:09

    Big talk deputies. Who is the now deputy who sold the vehicle permit and came to parliament on a police dept double cab? Should have never taken them to the govt. Better off with JO

    Reply : 1       4

    Dam Friday, 8 September 2017 15:55

    Mr. President please allow them to leave. Absorbing them by you brought disrepute to this govt. and also to you. Whole world knows who they are. No harm let them go.

    Reply : 1       7

    saba Friday, 8 September 2017 16:13

    All of them are robbers

    Reply : 1       6

    Johanis Friday, 8 September 2017 16:15

    That will pay way for a cleaner SLFP.

    Reply : 1       6

    Dickie bird Friday, 8 September 2017 16:18

    Joke of the day......of all people..............CBK tells Arundika current government took office after ending a term riddled with rampant fraud and corruption.Wonder what CBK meant by "term riddled" ?????Pots calling Kettles Black.Hilarious !! how CBK got a mandate to blow hot and cold with the same breath

    Reply : 7       3

    Parakum Friday, 8 September 2017 16:40

    Birds of a feather flocking together. GOOD RIDDANCE.

    Reply : 0       9

    Ranjith Friday, 8 September 2017 17:34

    President should let them go.

    Reply : 0       6

    Abey Friday, 8 September 2017 18:12

    We hear that Ex President secretary and Palipita rouge have taken ill and now in hospital. Of course they are Twin bros no wonder they are in hospital together. They both have the same illness; icking the boots of MR

    Reply : 0       7

    Kadiya Friday, 8 September 2017 19:40

    They thought they could rob under this govt. too but having backed the wrong horse they now want to quit. GROBR!!!

    Reply : 1       5

    Maharajah Friday, 8 September 2017 20:50

    When corruption was very high during MR's regime nobody dared to leave the government. Today they say they can't stay in the government due to corruption. Are these lots fooling us.

    Reply : 0       8

    chinta Saturday, 9 September 2017 17:47

    Chandrika had earned a name 'chawra rajina' or queen of corruption, which she was not challenged because it will bring more garbage out from the dust bin.

    Reply : 0       1

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