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SJB MPs split following Daily Mirror article, some criticize DM while others confirm talks with RW

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Some criticize DM while others confirm talks with Ranil Wickremesinghe

  • Daily Mirror learns that Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka is targeting the leadership of the SJB due to differences with Premadasa

The opposition Samagi Jana Balawegaya is in a quandary following the Daily Mirror article tilted “Sajith loses grip on a dying SJB?” which was published on April 4, 2023 in its newspaper and online platform. While MPs such as Harsha De Silva, Eran Wickremaratne and even Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa himself were quick to take to social media, criticizing the Daily Mirror, there were many MPs within the party who agreed on its contents and wanted an actual change following the publication of the article.    

Yesterday, senior MP Rajitha Senaratne at a media briefing said several SJB MPs were willing to support President Ranil Wickremesinghe and they will do so as a group.  
Senaratne said MPs such as Harsha de Silva were willing to support President Wickremesinghe no matter what anyone says and further said that many MPs want to work with the President but were a bit reluctant to contest an election with him.  


However, prior to Senaratne meeting the press, SJB MP S. Marikkar in a media briefing, when questioned if SJB MPs were going to cross over, said that it was only the social media and “President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s family owned media” that was publishing such news. Marikkar said that such allegations were only planted in the media owned by President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s family but other than criticizing the Daily Mirror, Marikkar had nothing further to say on allegations that several SJB MPs were in discussions presently with the President.   


The Daily Mirror learns that hours before Sajith Premadasa hosted the SJB MPs to dinner on April 3 at the Monarch Imperial, he held a committee meeting with the SJB Parliamentarians during which he said that he had heard that a group of SJB MPs including Harsha De Silva was in talks with the President, a senior SJB MP said. At the meeting he requested his MPs to stay together in the SJB.  


Senior SJB MPs said that Premadasa maintained a very friendly attitude with all the parliamentarians who attended . Already Patali Champika Ranawaka has announced that he will form a new political party next month while Daily Mirror learns that Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka is targeting the leadership of the SJB. (JAMILA HUSAIN)


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  • Mohan Friday, 07 April 2023 10:30 AM

    These political non-senses are immaterial for the general public.

    Sujja Friday, 07 April 2023 10:30 AM

    Premadasa can remain the leader of SJB long as he doesn't resort to any English language speeches

    Tinpot president candidate his jumping jacks Friday, 07 April 2023 10:33 AM

    Short term gain for long term pain.

    Natalie Nanayakara Friday, 07 April 2023 10:37 AM

    Great news, now the JVP has clear air to the winning post. Power to the people and power to the JVP.

    Binu Friday, 07 April 2023 10:51 AM

    Logo politics continues in SL.

    Man Friday, 07 April 2023 11:05 AM

    The UNP hatched plans in operation and about to see the results.

    The queen and his frogs Friday, 07 April 2023 11:13 AM

    The typical SL politician. Slipperier than a sewage eel. No principles, no integrity, no patriotism. Just a bunch of materialistic parasites in politics to line thier pockets. At least now do you understand why the country is in such a mess?

    Volker Metzger Friday, 07 April 2023 11:27 AM

    Sarath Fonseka targeting leadership of SJB is the best news on Aluth Avuruda (Puththandu)!!! He should take over the presidency of the party, clean it up in terms of personnel, form a team of the trustworthy and the best and develop a party program for taking over the government in Sri Lanka! I am sure that with him as leader of the opposition, Ranil will lose the election and the country will become aware of its power and strengths again and will have a good and secure future!

    Nimal R Friday, 07 April 2023 12:02 PM

    Patali Champika Ranawaka might go in to the Guiness book of records in forming political parties. These are opportunists who don't have any firm principals.

    Volker Metzger Friday, 07 April 2023 12:50 PM

    Sarath Fonseka targeting leadership of SJB is the best news on Aluth Avuruda (Puththandu)!!! He should take over the chairmanship of the party, clean it up in terms of personnel, form a team of the trustworthy and the best and develop a party program for taking over the government in Sri Lanka! I'm sure that with him as leader of the opposition, Ranil will lose the election and the country will become aware of its power and strengths again and go into a good and secure future!

    Adwani Friday, 07 April 2023 01:58 PM

    I hope this time Hilton Hotel will not supply Appa on credit to any political party.

    SJB breakdown and failure will be win for the nation Friday, 07 April 2023 02:44 PM

    These days with the corrupt SLC having caused our team to lose over and over again, I look forward to the break down and failure if the SJB. Best real life political drama these days to be an arms length and enjoy.

    Cheers Friday, 07 April 2023 03:09 PM

    SJB and Sajith has only minority such as Muslims and tamils likes of a fart no shit marriage and tiger suma and mano go home sjb

    Politics Friday, 07 April 2023 04:18 PM

    Sarath Fonseka has always been rocking the boat and did not show that he is going along with the lLeader. of the SJB.He must either toe the line or quit the Party. As far as Harsha, Eran and Kabeer are concerned, why can't they summarily dismiss talks of joining the Government to obtain Portfolios ? Rajitha is carrying favour with Ranil as he wants Ranil to save him from the Court Case where he is an accused.

    Tissa Fernando Friday, 07 April 2023 05:32 PM

    SJB is in total disarray. Good MPs are leaving SJB.

    Zaza Friday, 07 April 2023 07:20 PM

    Mark these self-serving slippery eels. Pack them out of Politics.

    jan Friday, 07 April 2023 09:33 PM

    POHOTTUWA BUYING ANY PARTY MEMBERS WHICH IS THREAT TO THEIR FUTURE POWER HUNGRY PROCESS BUT WISE SRILANKANS MUST NEVER FORGET HOW RAJAPAKSHAS FAMILIES DEVASTATED DESTROYED ENTIRE SRILANKA ECONOMICALLY DELIBERATELY, OBTAINED UNLIMITED IMF LOANS 17 TIMES PUTTING SRILANKA IN TURMOIL, NOW WANTS TO IMPLEMENT ANTI TERROIST BILL ,TO KEEP SRILANKANS,MEDIA,TRADE UNIONS MOUTHS SHUT BUT STILL DEPENDING ON IMF LOANS NO ACCELERATED PROPER PLANS TO IMPROVE EXPORT ORIENTED ECONOMY,WHILE PARLIMENTARIANS ENJOYING UNLIMITED LUXURIOUS COMFORTABLE LIVES WITH THEIR ENTIRE FAMILIES,


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