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Colombo, March 29 (Daily Mirror) - Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) is heading for a split with one section insisting on fielding its candidate at the presidential election and the other advocating support for the candidacy of President Ranil Wickremesinghe, Daily Mirror learns.

The SLPP faction which is loyal to the Rajapaksa family has firmed up its position that the party should participate in the election by fielding its candidate. When the party’s executive committee met, such an idea emerged, but further discussion did not take place on the matter since the election has not yet been declared.

However, the party’s MPs who currently hold positions in the government openly back the candidacy of the President.

Chief Government Whip Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said the SLPP, as a party, had no one competent enough to win the presidential elections and therefore the party should refrain from fielding a candidate. Also, he was openly critical of the appointment of MP Namal Rajapaksa as the national organizer. He said Mr. Basil Rajapaksa should have taken care of the responsibilities of such a post instead.

The presidential election is scheduled for October this year in terms of the Constitution. The SLPP hierarchy has also sought a snap general election ahead of the presidential election but the President has declined to do so.


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  • AnneFez Friday, 29 March 2024 08:38 AM

    What a circus

    Easier to identify Saturday, 30 March 2024 06:38 AM

    Hope they stay put so all the morons and misfits will be easily be identified by the public. Can’t vote these idiots back into power. Life will be miserable and unbearable whilst these politicians practice a lavish lifestyle using those loans and taxpayer’s money.

    IGNATIUS Friday, 29 March 2024 08:44 AM

    100 PERCENT CORRECT. NO ONE IN ALL THE PARTIES CAN RUN THE SHOW LIKE RANIL DOES. HE PLAYS THE CARDS WELL.

    Lk Friday, 29 March 2024 09:04 AM

    That is why Ranil doesn't care about them ..divide and rule policy of Ranil is working . Ranil knows well that MR and co don't have any political credit now .people hate them as much as possible for bringing down economy of this country..so Ranil knows all this . It doesn't make that much sense if they are split or not . their doom day in politics is nearing ..

    Party That Makes Citizens Miserable Friday, 29 March 2024 09:07 AM

    If they stay away from that family, might collect a few more votes. In the long run may be back in power maybe after 10 years.

    Dhgbdjhgbdlbhdv Friday, 29 March 2024 09:24 AM

    RW its done and dusted, it's good that you have the same intention as the normal person who does not want theRajapakses, but people have no trust in you, but it's good to have you as the second candidacy, after Anura.

    Amaran Friday, 29 March 2024 09:40 AM

    I love sexy baba becoming national organiser of dancing party

    K. Ranaweera Friday, 29 March 2024 09:50 AM

    Whether it is split or not, now it is very difficult to find a single voter who voted for SLPP.

    Jayantha Friday, 29 March 2024 09:58 AM

    Rw will not get even 5 percent. He is generally an unpopular politicians since he started contesting major elections. Only twice he won because of the major breakaway groups from slfp in 2001 and 2015. That is also while in opposition. At the moment he is very unpopular with taxing at 100000, tin for all,property tax to be introduced in 2025. So hardly any floating voter will vote for rw. Most of the guys who backs rw are highly corrupt individuals such as prasanna and lanza. Hardly anyone with a brain will vote him. Lol

    Good for the Country they Split Friday, 29 March 2024 09:58 AM

    It’s good it’s splitting up and eventually evaporated too. Their Moto is to drain the resources of the country and the citizens to live a miserable lifestyle at near poverty levels. At the same time, they must have a lavish lifestyle using whatever funds available from both the private and government sectors that are easily accessible at anytime to use.

    Jude Friday, 29 March 2024 10:01 AM

    This is a clear indication that there's no formidable opponent to Go against AKD.

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 29 March 2024 10:15 AM

    They are split because now the Public know fully their capabilities. Both looking to further rob and survive by hanging onto any branch they presume will help them. Unfortunately, whichever branch these racketeers split, their doom is guaranteed subject to the Citizens. However, remember we have a 69% population who voted for these crooks last time with full knowledge of their rackets, corruption, thuggery and criminality. So, it all depends whether the citizenry has changed, realized and ready to drive and choose completely new leadership away from those senile bastards.

    Jude Friday, 29 March 2024 10:20 AM

    RANIL has lost like 30 elections and probably his name in the Guiness book for that dubious record. Hence SLPP knows they've no chance of winning against the formidable frontrunner AKD, therefore they're fielding Ranil as the candidate. It's like in 1994 when Gamini D. Died UNP put forward Srima Dissanayake as Presidential candidate Coz UNP knew Can't Beat the formidable CBK who eventually won the presidency with 62% vote And the history gonna repeat, yeah.

    Giving jobs in state enterprises can lure voters! Friday, 29 March 2024 10:20 AM

    It is very painful to let go of the illegal seat of power obtained by arousing hatred for fellow citizens. Plus there will be no one to pay outstanding Electricity bill delayed! So why not make a try? There are always foolish voters who worship names!

    Jude Friday, 29 March 2024 10:22 AM

    No party wants to go against AKD!!

    Think of Future Generations B4 Casting your Vote Friday, 29 March 2024 10:34 AM

    Hope they spilt up soonest so the public can differentiate those who are really taking effort in improving in the governance and country. As many are aware, Most are on board just to get the perks and lavish lifestyle. What they did over the years are still having rippling effects now and the next generation. Need to do your part not to vote them in again for the sake of the children and future generations.

    Priyan66 Friday, 29 March 2024 10:57 AM

    This is what country is waiting for. Split in thieves camp.

    Nimal Friday, 29 March 2024 11:32 AM

    Whether it breaks into several pieces or whether it remains as one party does not matter at all. It is dying a natural death.

    Concerned Citizen Friday, 29 March 2024 12:15 PM

    Who cares !! Their vote base of 10% will be split in to two and will NOT be a threat to any of the major parties - NPP and SJB...

    Patcitz Friday, 29 March 2024 12:51 PM

    Mind it, Ranil will no longer be even a member of Parliament or obtaining a single vote either in the coming election.

    Mizaru Friday, 29 March 2024 02:22 PM

    The SLPP is already split to smithereens. Nothing left to split.

    Nihal S Friday, 29 March 2024 03:17 PM

    Very good. We anticipated this split to happen when Ranil got involved with the SLPA. Thanks Ranil, make sure you do not leave any room for Rsjapakse to come back. Good for our country.

    Remember There Are No Free Lunches Friday, 29 March 2024 03:23 PM

    The people worship this party and the family when everything was going well with them quietly taking loans to sustain the country and looking good. Now when all hell breaks loose, the people only blame Paksa’s and not themselves. That’s why it’s paramount to vote wisely and keep track of the issues and how the government carries out their dealings. A few had highlighted their wrongdoings and high expenses but they were sidelined. Remember, nothing is free and everything has a price someone needs to pay someday.

    Volker Metzger Friday, 29 March 2024 04:06 PM

    The fact that the SLPP is in the process of splitting would be the best thing for the country that could happen to this Rajapaksa "property party"!!! The tearing apart and internal disintegration of this party, which with its corrupt leadership has massively discredited and degraded Sri Lanka nationally and internationally, is highly desirable in the interests of the "rebirth" of a country that was once respected around the world!!! Sri Lanka and its people have not only enriched the world community historically and culturally, but also today still have a diverse natural and cultural potential that could benefit everyone through good, goal-oriented economic policies by corruption-free politicians!!! For this to happen, the de-election and destruction of the party and the old caste of politicians is an indispensable prerequisite!!!! If the SLPP starts with itself, it will do good for the country!!! It will get the rest in the election in October!!!

    Volker Metzger Friday, 29 March 2024 04:55 PM

    The fact that the SLPP is in the process of splitting would be the best thing for the country that could happen to this Rajapaksa "property party"!!! The tearing apart and internal disintegration of this party, which with its corrupt leadership has massively discredited and degraded Sri Lanka nationally and internationally, is highly desirable in the interests of the "rebirth" of a country that was once respected around the world!!! Sri Lanka and its people have not only enriched the world community historically and culturally, but also today have a diverse natural and cultural potential that could benefit everyone through good, goal-oriented economic policies by corruption-free politicians!!! For this to happen, the de-election and destruction of the party of the old political caste is an indispensable prerequisite!!!! If the SLPP starts with itself, it will be doing good for the country!!! It will then receive the death blow in the election in October!!!

    PUT FORWARD A CANDIDATE AND SPLIT THE VOTES. Friday, 29 March 2024 05:10 PM

    OBVIOUSLY, THOSE HOLDING POSITIONS IN THE GOVERNMENT WILL SUCK UP TO THE PRESIDENT IN HOPE OR HAVING BEEN PROMISTED A MINISTRY IF HE IS ELECTED. SLPP SHOULD PUT FORWARD A CANDIDATE, THIS WILL SPLIT THE VOTES TOO AS IN ANY CASE SLPP HAS NO CHANCE IN BEING ELECTED.

    Sambo Friday, 29 March 2024 08:12 PM

    It's only now they see that they don't ave a competent person to run for the presidency. They all along have been an incompetent lot hiding behind the president. That's why we are a bankrupt country today.

    Johan Friday, 29 March 2024 08:52 PM

    SLPP is a corrupt party in SL history, not only it is heading for a split but will be scattered into pieces

    Helanka Friday, 29 March 2024 09:06 PM

    Dont believe this story because it's a ploy as usual by the Rajapakshes to show that theres animosity amongst them to weaken the opponents to lessen their defence and weaken their strategy. We have had this many times before with elections nearing. They still think we are fools!

    Namal supporters or the sensible lot Friday, 29 March 2024 10:18 PM

    Already there was splintering the SLPP, now the SLPPs in government must decide if they are going to foolishly follow no good Namal, or another Rajapak something, or get the public trust by dumping all Rajapaks, regardless of how the Rajapak name is spelt.

    Keith Friday, 29 March 2024 10:30 PM

    The man of law College fame NAMAL is by no stretch of imagination suitable for Presidency. Only WAHALLU beneficiaries will support that proposal. The extortionist PRASANNA Ranatunga billionaire supporting RW is hoping is not out of love for the country.

    split the votes Friday, 29 March 2024 10:45 PM

    Good idea, votes will split.

    Zak Saturday, 30 March 2024 03:39 AM

    AKD is the clear peoples choice. SJB/ UNP / SLPP supporters understand the reality and back NPP at least this time around. You won’t regret

    Marxism is a failure Saturday, 30 March 2024 07:48 PM

    Apart from Oratory skills AKD

    Cheers Saturday, 30 March 2024 04:50 AM

    Don't worry SLPP under Basil will rebound in a timely manner which the entire opposition knows which will be very hard for them with MR who is a smart and a wise experience politician. Slpp will have the majority in the next election too

    Ashley Saturday, 30 March 2024 06:35 AM

    This split should have to happen, rajapakshas directly responsible for current miserable situation of the country and Of SLPP, but even that juncture, they are not ready to delegate senior positions out of family, Prasanna Ranatunga is much matured and qualified than NR,but not close relative of them

    Prof. J.P. Dharmadasa Saturday, 30 March 2024 10:14 AM

    According to the reliable sources, 70% SLPP good for nothing fellows will cross over to UNP. Wait and see.

    Hamza Saturday, 30 March 2024 10:16 AM

    End of Rajapakshe Era is nearing. This is the good news for all SriLankans.

    Mahinda's ministers snubbed by Ranil are active Saturday, 30 March 2024 10:18 AM

    When Ranil assumed power, he ignored the biggest crooks in SLPP and did give them any portfolios as Ministers. We know who they are. He appointed only the marginal ones as ministers. Will these snubbed ones who could not make any money during the regime of Ranil keep quiet? They waited for Basil's arrival, as Even Mahinda did not save them.

    W.A. Kirindiwatte Appuhamy - Astrologer Saturday, 30 March 2024 10:20 AM

    Within the next three months, 3 wickets will fall for SLPP and when the elections are nearing another 45 fellows will join RW. Namal will have to hide himself in the forest. MR will be bed ridden and counting the days. Gota will fly back to do his Petrol Station Pumping job.

    Atha Katha Somay (Truth) Saturday, 30 March 2024 10:22 AM

    Now itself eight (08) back benches had secret meetings with Sajith.


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