SLFP probes party rebels’ criticism
The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) is investigating whether Joint Opposition members criticized the SLFP leadership and the SLFP at their ‘Jana Satana’ meeting at Hyde Park last Thursday.
Top brass of the SLFP and UPFA indicated that disciplinary action against SLFP Parliamentarians who attended the ‘Jana Satana’ rally would not seriously jeopardise their parliamentary seat despite speculations to the contrary.
UPFA General Secretary Minister Mahinda Amaraweera who continue to be hopeful of bringing all factions together under the UPFA umbrella said, according to reports reaching the SLFP leadership to date, there was still no indication of any of the speakers at the rally having specifically named the SLFP leadership in their criticism, although they had been critical of the government.
Meanwhile, SLFP General Secretary Minister Duminda Dissanayake also told reporters that the issue of taking part in the joint opposition rally would be taken up at the next SLFP Central Committee meeting.
“We are not in a hurry to take disciplinary action against those who participated in this meeting, but we will act in accordance with party guidelines and its Constitution. I have sent a letter to SLFP parliamentarians and Provincial Councillors cautioning them against violation of party discipline. We will take a decision in line with that directive. However, the CC will review the situation, go through what has been said at the meeting, and then decide whether there was, or was not, a violation of party discipline by those who participated,” he added.
Expressing similar opinions UPFA General Secretary Amaraweera added that he feels there was nothing serious for the SLFP to worry about as neither the SLFP nor its Leader President Sirisena was criticized by the speakers at that rally.
“However, the SLFP CC will decide on the matter. A final decision will be taken only after going through video footage of the rally. If there is no solid evidence against them, I do not think anybody needs to worry,” he added.
Former President, Kurunegala District Parliamentarian Mahinda Rajapaksa, former Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa, former Ministers Bandula Gunawardana, Kumara Welgama, Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana, Mahindananda Aluthgamage and Udaya Gammanpila were among the SLFP front-linersand others who participated.