Liberal Party breaks silence; no MoU with UPFA
Liberal Party Secretary General Kamal Nissanka issuing a press release states that the party has not signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA).
He further states that though the party supported the Common Candidate at the last Presidential Election, with a resurgence of forces representing former President Mahinda Rajapaksa entering politics through the UPFA, the party was divided in its opinion and was in a dilemma as to choose what sort of a political line to be followed.
The release adds: “The Party notes that one of their national committee members in the absence of a MOU has attempted and succeeded in placing his name in the National List of the UPFA. In the absence of a duly signed MOU, the inclusion of the name of Dr. Rajiva Wijesinha in the UPFA National List has created a number of debatable issues within the Liberal Party.
“Further, Dr. Wijesinha’s shifting of allegiances from various political alliances within a very short period, first to the Maithree-Ranil combination, and then to criticize Ranil and the attempt to show himself as a Maithree supporter and then indirectly to praise Mahinda Rajapaksa and thereafter directly aligning himself with the Rajapaksa camp has caused much tension within the Liberal Party.
“In recent times, Dr. Wijesinha initiated a massive campaign against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in social media, namely, Facebook against the wishes of the Liberal Party. However, the Liberal Party is well aware that Mr. Wickremesinghe maintained great tolerance and showing his maturity had not replied to any comments on Facebook.
“Through the criticism against Mr. Wickremesinghe, he was able to get more closer to the Rajapaksa camp in the UPFA. Dr. Wijesinha voted for the 18th Amendment in 2010 against the majority view of the Liberal Party and proved himself non valuable to the Liberal Party.
However, with great pressure from the party, he abstained from voting in support of the impeachment against former Chief Justice Dr.Shirani Bandaranayake”.
Nissanka further states that though Dr. Wijesinha was the leader of the Liberal Party for 2014, the party has not duly elected a leader and a national organizer for year 2015 and therefore, he remained a National Committee member in 2015 at the time of inclusion his name in the UPFA National List. The Liberal Party may elect a leader and national organizer in due course.
Now in the absence of a MOU between the two secretaries of the LP and UPFA, Dr. Rajiva Wijesinha’s stature in the Liberal Party is at issue.
The Liberal Party has fielded candidates in four districts (Colombo, Kurunegala, Galle and Matara) as it was unable to form an alliance and enter into a MOU with another political force. As Dr. Wijesinha is now working hard and campaigning for the victory of Mahinda Rajapaksa forces and at the same time, the Liberal Party is trying to campaign for its own candidates, a conflict of interests has arisen and a majority of the party believes that he has ceased to be a member of the Liberal Party by operation of law. Therefore, the party officials will not officially communicate with Dr. Wijesinha until he publicly resigns from the UPFA National List.
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