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The SLFP Central Committee will sack the parliamentarians who attend the proposed rival May Day rally to be organized by the joint opposition on May, a senior SLFPer said today.

When asked about the reported preparation by the joint opposition to hold a separate May Day rally at Kirula Grounds in Kirillapone, th said he believed that no SLFP parliamentarian would participate in that rally by violating party instructions and discipline, but assured that the Central Committee would definitely take punitive action against any MP who participates in that rally.

“It is true that the SLFP CC was lenient and did not take any disciplinary action against those who participated in the joint opposition rally at Hyde Park on March 17 despite strict instructions by the SLFP hierarchy not to do so. As a political party which gives a prominent place to discipline, we have decided to take tough action against those who participate in a rival May Day rally,” he said and added that those who violate party discipline might probably be expelled.

Meanwhile, UPFA General Secretary and Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said the main SLFP May Day rally would be held in Galle under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena.

"We have invited all constituent parties of the UPFA for the May Day rally in Galle and expect them to attend,” he said.

The minister said he would not give up his efforts to unite the SLFP, as divisions in the party would diminish the chances of returning to power in 2020.

“No one I spoke to was agreeable to the forming of a separate political party. I have already spoken to Communist Party leader DEW Gunasekara, MEP leader Dinesh Gunawardana, Deshavimukthi Party Leader Appuhami, parliamentarians Keheliya Rambukwella, Kumara Welgama and Udaya Gammanpila,who had earlier refused to talk to me. They all want to contest the forthcoming local government poll under the UPFA,” he said.

The minister said the SLFP CC last week decided to suspend the party membership of 10 local government heads who failed to respond to the letters of explanation and failed to appear before the CC when summoned. They are, former Maharagama mayor Kanthi Kodikara, former Moratuwa mayor Saman Lal Fernando, former Walallawita PS chairman Udeni Athukorala, former Gampaha PS chairman Ranjith Gunawardana, former Attanagalla PS chairman Priyantha Pushpakumara, former Mirigama PS chairman Sarath Nandasiri, former Matale PS chairman Kapila Bandara, former Ukuwela PS chairman W.Somasiri, former Dambulla PS chairman K.G. Somatilaka and former Boralesgamuwa Urban Council chairman Aruna Priyashantha.

The minister said the local government polls would be held in six months, after the issues pertaining to delimitation were addressed and the necessary ground work was in place. (Sandun A Jayasekera)

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  • Shelly. Wednesday, 06 April 2016 02:50 PM

    MR would have had a better plan that could been taken after 8th Jan 2015 against MS. That could have been why he was not bothered to sack MS from the party. via DM Android App

    ananda Wednesday, 06 April 2016 02:51 PM

    President Sirisena should implement the decisions taken by the CC. He should be a strong leader who should take bold decisions by sacking those errant members who flout party discipline. President should resign from the leadership of the SLFP if he is a weak leader who vacillates in decision making. via DM Android App

    REALPATRIAT Wednesday, 06 April 2016 03:02 PM

    Channel consultation has become a luxury for the poor & the middle class people of the country. via DM Android App

    renu Wednesday, 06 April 2016 04:22 PM

    This guy is famous for a NATO - No Action Talk Only. Bit of a bluffer

    REALPATRIAT Wednesday, 06 April 2016 07:23 AM

    ANOTHER BOGUS WARNING. .BY THE INEFFICIENT. SECRETARY OF THE PARTY. via DM Android App

    REALPATRIAT Wednesday, 06 April 2016 07:29 AM

    HYDE PARK MEETING BULLYING WARNING NO ACTION NOW SECOND BULLYING WARNING ON MAY DAY RALLY DEFINITELY NO ACTION. THEN THIRD B.W NO A.C... via DM Android App

    REALPATRIAT Wednesday, 06 April 2016 07:30 AM

    ACTION ON WORDS BUT NOT IN ACTION. via DM Android App

    jolly bird Wednesday, 06 April 2016 07:37 AM

    R E A L .L Y via DM Android App

    jolly bird, Wednesday, 06 April 2016 07:41 AM

    WHY DONT YOU SHOW IN ACTION WHAT YOU SAY IN WORDS. via DM Android App

    jolly bird, Wednesday, 06 April 2016 07:42 AM

    THINK BEFORE YOU UTTER. via DM Android App

    jolly bird, Wednesday, 06 April 2016 07:43 AM

    SICK OF HEARING BULLYING ... via DM Android App

    Onlooker Wednesday, 06 April 2016 09:37 PM

    He will have to sack the entire heart of the party.

    Harith Tuesday, 05 April 2016 09:09 PM

    What about President Sirisena who went against the SLFP and contested for Presidency.

    J Palitha Tuesday, 05 April 2016 09:10 PM

    Rambukwela

    Nimal Wednesday, 06 April 2016 12:54 PM

    Only talks! No courage to take actions. Wait & see!

    Iqbal Wednesday, 06 April 2016 01:27 PM

    He won the election, didn't he, so people wanted him in preference to MR.

    Wele Vidane Wednesday, 06 April 2016 01:51 PM

    Iqbal, we are talking about SLFPers.


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