President Maithripala Sirisena wants to go forward as a party with the joint opposition, Western Province Chief Minister Isura Devapriya said yesterday.
Addressing a news briefing, the Chief Minister said former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and senior members of the joint opposition still wanted to be a part of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) although several new party members were opposed to it.
“Several senior members of the JO including Mahinda Rajapaksa do not want to split the party. However, there are several people against this. The SLFP and JO are still at the discussion level to finalise whether they should contest together,” he said.
Chief Minister Devapriya said party supporters were disappointed with the joint opposition because of their speeches at recent political fora. He said the people had already decided which party they would choose in the event of a split.
“It is up to Mahinda Rajapaksa to decide. However, the president do not want to split the party. That is why he has given approval for chief ministers to meet and discuss the matter with former President Rajapaksa. The discussions were however unsuccessful due to the attitude of several JO members who are close to former President Rajapaksa,” he said.
Commenting on the upcoming local government polls, he said the Elections Commissioner had given all facilitates to hold the election.
“The election can be a better chance to prove the power of the SLFP. The alliances are still with the SLFP and are yet to decide under which symbol they are going to contest at the election,” he said. (Darshana Sanjeewa)
The outlook of this man is disgusting. It's power, power and power at any cost. This type of parasites should be kicked out by the voters.
malij Thursday, 16 November 2017 07:06 AM
Is this man talking behalf of the president or himself? His outlook is disgusting and rotten to the core. It is always power, power and power at any cost and nothing else. Who made this parasite the CM?
Kalu Thursday, 16 November 2017 07:07 AM
Given the mood of the nation the JO should not join with them.
nick Thursday, 16 November 2017 07:57 AM
even the general public knows that my3 wants to remain in the president seat for another term so he might even offer mara a prime minister post if he knows this is the only way he can retain it via DM Android App
Dam Thursday, 16 November 2017 08:57 AM
For POWER will sell their own mother and familyPathetic disgraceful political culture in the whole world can find only in Sri Lanka
Scooby Doo Thursday, 16 November 2017 09:10 AM
This Serious Sena always wanted to protect his party, not the country.
panduka Thursday, 16 November 2017 03:04 PM
This is the problem with Pallath Sabha , 13th Amendement ! We get this type of FAT men who are only interseted in eating more when poor has nothing eat because of Indian imposed 13 A. Time for people to rally to force governement to scrap this 13 A send these politican to do some productive work in the job market.
B S Perera Thursday, 16 November 2017 03:41 PM
If this news is true, we have to take President Sirisena as a shameless coward. He was elected in order to chase out Rajapakses – not to become the President after criticizing Rajapakses and then embrace them later.
Peter Thursday, 16 November 2017 04:34 PM
Mr President and your bunch of crooked days are numbered as the whole country knows of your crooked deals and those of your gang of thieves. You cannot hide in the skirts anymore as your political manuvers are kown to people in the country. Using your new crooked friends to delay the elections by seeking court action will not delay the end of your crooked regime.You better run to the temples in India and the advice of the soothsayers to save your soul from further crimes in the country.
Tom Thursday, 16 November 2017 06:09 PM
Ha........he knows that the cat is out of the bag with deals with Killy Mahajah
Wise Donkey Friday, 17 November 2017 09:38 AM
Does the president know that this will be right opposite to the voters' decision to install him as president by beating the former ruler. This is totally unacceptable and a treacherous act.
ceylon Friday, 17 November 2017 02:40 PM
what a tragedy for slfp by selecting and electing a puppet as president.its unp plan to elect a puppet.plan is right.now ranil has all the chancess to be president. via DM Android App
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