SLFP-SLPP at loggerheads

By Skandha Gunasekara

The memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLFP) has been violated, senior SLFP sources alleged.

Sources charged that despite the MoU between the two groups stipulating that various positions including ministerial portfolios as well as positions within Parliament were to be fairly shared, the SLPP had failed to do so.

Sources also pointed out that the post of Leader of the House of Parliament was to be given to an SLPP member while the post of Chief Government Whip was to fall to an SLFP MP, but both positions were given to SLPP MPs.

“We are unhappy about this and there is a problem. The MoU has clearly been violated,” senior SLFP sources said.

However, the SLFP source maintained that for now, the SLFP faction had faith in President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s vision and therefore would be patient with regard to such issues.

Meanwhile, the SLPP categorically denied that the MoU was violated in anyway.

SLPP General Secretary Sagara Kariyawasam told The Sunday Morning that the current situation was such that the MoU did not apply.

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