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A group of former SLFP ministers are expected to meet party leader and President Maithripala Sirisena on Friday to discuss their future in politics, one of them said today.

He told Daily Mirror that about 16 SLFP members who were either former ministers or deputy ministers had no intention of obtaining SLPP membership and wished to remain in the SLFP and contest the upcoming general election on the UPFA ticket.

“They are unhappy over the post-October 26 developments that resulted in their losing their ministerial positions. Many of them had launched various development projects with the aim of providing employment and other benefits to families in their respective constituencies. But now as ordinary MPs they are reluctant to meet their voters,” the former minister said.

He said they would urge the President to give his consent to join the UNF government and obtain Cabinet portfolios if President was not agreeable to forming a unity government with the UNF and pointed out that many of those in the group were relatively young and have a future in politics for another decade or two.

"Most of the current leaders will not be in the next Parliament. Therefore, the party leadership must not jeopardize the future of these politicians and let them to join a party of their choice," the ex-minister said.

He said most of the members were willing to join the UNF government and contest the general election while some others wanted to support the UNF government and party ways the general election under the UPFA symbol.  (Sandun A Jayasekera)

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  • Samson Tuesday, 01 January 2019 09:34 PM

    You SLFP ex ministers must know that the SLFP passed away and now it is the SLPP that will have to fight elections with the UNF.

    Yehiya Wednesday, 02 January 2019 08:59 AM

    SLPP have good link with Ranil.

    Nimal Wednesday, 02 January 2019 09:13 AM

    We need to send gamarala home

    Unchikun Tuesday, 01 January 2019 09:37 PM

    Bring Amendment 20 and unseat MPs who crossover. This is a violation of the voters fundamental rights.

    Indika Wednesday, 02 January 2019 04:31 PM

    Poor logic. Most of cross overs for their personal benefits but if the government doing wrong there should be a room to make their objections.

    Graham Tuesday, 01 January 2019 09:50 PM

    Can’t sit in opposition as they’ve used to plunder and perks..good for nothing lot

    surasena Wednesday, 02 January 2019 08:48 AM

    Demand him to treat same manner whoever defect to other parties, whether it is UNP, SLPP or anything else

    Jayanath Wednesday, 02 January 2019 08:48 AM

    Nest election, we should not vote for them. We should stone them to death!

    Flanker Wednesday, 02 January 2019 09:06 AM

    UNF is led by the UNP and hence what difference does it make in any SLFP member joining them again. its purely a power hungry situation and loosing the fast bucks is all matters. Back to square one!!

    Ronnie Bugger Wednesday, 02 January 2019 09:15 AM

    I think the present UNP/UNF party is quite happy without these 16 unscrupulous parasites who walked out of the party en mass. Leave them be.

    bindu Wednesday, 02 January 2019 09:18 AM

    SLFP is a breakaway faction of the UNP and SLPP is a break away faction of the SLFP.Last time SLFP joined UNP to form the unity Govt. That is reasonable but how can the SLFP join the SLPP. .Do you fellows have no shame? .

    Desilva Wednesday, 02 January 2019 09:23 AM

    As a person who is under oath to uphold the constitutionSirisena has violated the constitution and a seven benchSupreme Court had passed judgement to that effect SLFP must ask Sirisena to resign from SLFP leadership and then the presidency He has already been impeached for violating the constitution and uttering lies about a murder threat and various falsehoods to hoodwink the massesHow can this person ask or order others to be law abiding when he is not

    Max Fernando Wednesday, 02 January 2019 03:05 PM

    Great! this exactly what you should do. We appreciate your help to continue what you started in building our mother land. May God give wisdom to our Hon.President to be humble and take the correct decision for the prosperity of Sri Lanka.


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