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We are still under MR, say 16 SLFP rebels

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Member of the SLFP of 16 rebels, former Minister W.D.J Seneviratne, while dismissing alleged remarks made against the group by certain members of the Joint Opposition said they would remain in politics under the leadership of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and contest the forthcoming PC, Presidential and Parliamentary polls under his leadership.

He added that the 16 SLFP rebels would sit in Parliament with the Joint Opposition from the next session as their sole objective was to build a strong front against the UNP.

He told the media at the Media Center of Freedom in Colombo that his group had become a threat to the 23 SLFPers remaining in the Unity Government led by the UNP.

“Our group has been able to draw the attention of the entire country. The best example of this is the two rallies held in Matara and Matale by us.

“On the popularity, we have gained among the public we have decided to conduct rallies and meetings against the UNP round the country,” Mr Seneviratne said.

He stressed that the rebel group quit the Yahapalana Government on May 8 with the sole objective of toppling this Government as early as possible.

“As such, the group has made a big political impact in the country to get an early election with the support of the JO. The Joint Opposition would get the full blessings and support of the group to perform as the real Opposition to the Government under Mahinda Rajapaksa’s leadership and advice,” he said.

Parliamentarian Dilan Perera said the UNP and the SLFP group who do business with the Government make various malice and vituperative remarks on the 16 rebels and the group was a good topic among the UNP and 23 SLFPers.

“How could they say that 14 out of 16 had become political refugees and see us as Billa? Almost all SLFPers, except a few in the Government, will quit before long and join us. Those who insulting us are keeping their legs on both sides,” he said.

“We quit the Government because we felt that the Government was to get defeated. A group of 16 Ministers has never quit a Government in the past.

“In the past, the crossovers were from the Opposition to Government. In this instance, it was the opposite. We had the opportunity to remain as Ministers until 2020. Duminda cannot do politics as an underdog of the UNP. We left the Government to save the SLFP from the UNP. We cannot let Mahinda Amaraweera offer the SLFP to the UNP any further. They are trying to give the SLFP in a flower tray,” he said.

He said that the 16 SLFP rebels were in constant touch with the 23 SLFPers in the Government and would take them out before long.

“The SLFP will contest under one leader after Mahinda Rajapaksa and President Sirisena comes to a compromise. However, the defeat of the JO at the election of the Deputy Speaker was a setback to the JO.

“All those who opposed the No-Confidence Motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe have now been made destitute,” Mr Perera said. (Sandun A Jayasekera)

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  • Buddhi Perera Saturday, 23 June 2018 06:37 AM

    Can understand going against the UNP, but what is the excuse for following a corrupt and leader (family) rejected by the majority of people.

    Cobra Saturday, 23 June 2018 06:46 PM

    Simple, they want a leader who looks the other way so they keep on robbing!

    Shehan Saturday, 23 June 2018 07:09 AM

    Totally lost souls.

    Keyth Patron Saturday, 23 June 2018 07:35 AM

    Feel sorry for Ms Sudarshanie Fernandopulle

    NO SURPRISE Saturday, 23 June 2018 07:46 AM

    BIRDS OF A FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER.

    Mevan Saturday, 23 June 2018 07:49 AM

    This is why they say 'birds of a feather flock togeather'. All robbers sit together.

    Ex-voter Saturday, 23 June 2018 07:55 AM

    Useless telling us, say that to your boss!!!

    Mandy Saturday, 23 June 2018 08:32 AM

    MR is still office bearer of SLFP at highest level and not SLPP member. So why should 16 rebels give uo SLFP membership. Even many MPs of the JO who are supposedly backing SLPP are still SLFPers.

    Don Saturday, 23 June 2018 08:33 AM

    The group of 16 was under MR even while they were in coalition. The whole world were aware of that.

    Sofia Saturday, 23 June 2018 10:27 AM

    " by Under "- you mean trampled under MR's foot to say YES SIR always.

    TONY Saturday, 23 June 2018 09:02 AM

    MR SUPPORTED YOU TO MAKE MONEY ILLEGALLY. THAT IS WHY YOU STILL WANT HIM TO BE YOUR HEAD

    666 Saturday, 23 June 2018 09:06 AM

    Bunch of self serving, two timing rats with no ethics.

    MO Saturday, 23 June 2018 09:23 AM

    Is country first or political party first? All corrupted politicians who belong to any party have to be defeteted

    VT Saturday, 23 June 2018 09:40 AM

    if so why the hell did you all cross the road at the last presidential elections. Can we call these as special dealsor double crossing ?

    Parakum Saturday, 23 June 2018 10:21 AM

    SLFP supportyers always wanted a DEMI GOD to follow, it used to be the BANDARANAYAKEs who brought disaster to this once prosperous nation now the RAJAPAKSEs who are the GOD FATHERs of CORRUPTION.

    Palli Kanda Saturday, 23 June 2018 11:00 AM

    All what these guys are interested is to rob the country. Unbelievable still worshipping Rajapaksas. Soon it will be good night Sri Lanka. Sad and what hope a 20 years old will have in this corrupt country.

    Nadaal Saturday, 23 June 2018 11:01 AM

    Mr Ranil should learn few lessons from Maldivian President. I was told that any attempt to topple a legally established government in Maldives is considered an act of terrorism and almost all the opposition leaders are in jail or in exile. Let’s do it here also

    Lord Wolfstein Saturday, 23 June 2018 03:13 PM

    What should we think of people who publicly profess a killer and a looter?

    Sincere Saturday, 23 June 2018 04:21 PM

    For your own good, you must find an able exorcist soon to cast out that spirit in you!!

    SPY SMASHER. Saturday, 23 June 2018 05:01 PM

    ITS A VERY VERY LATE NEWS FOR WE YOU ARE MAARAS AGENTS WHO JOINED GOVT.NOT TO SERVE THE COUNTRY BUT TO BLOCK GOVT. TAKING ACTIONS AGAINST MR AND HIS FAMILY MEMBERS. via DM Android App

    Clifford David Saturday, 23 June 2018 07:14 PM

    I don't know and no words to express about these rouges

    Sambo Saturday, 23 June 2018 08:35 PM

    Poor souls, no place to go and no one to accept them. What a mess?

    DUAL ROLER. Sunday, 24 June 2018 03:07 PM

    OF COURSE. NOT ONLY NOW EVEN WHEN YOU WERE HOLDING MINISTERIAL POSTS IN THE SOCALLED YAHAPALAN GOVT.YOU ALL WERE. UNDER MAARA. via DM Android App


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