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SLFP factions misuse democracy restored by President – SP Chief Minister

Some marginal groups within Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) are trying to misuse the democracy and freedom restored by President Maithripala Sirisena, Southern Province Chief Minister Shan Wijayalal de Silva said.

He was responding to the alleged sabotage move launched by a group of SLFPers at Baddegamma Bala Mandala Conference of the SLFP held in Baddegama, Galle on Saturday. The conference was held under the auspices of United Peoples Freedom Alliance General Secretary Mahinda Amaraweera and Southern Province Chief Minister Shan Wijayalal de Silva.

“Following the emergence of President Maithripala Sirisena as the leader of SLFP once lost democracy was restored within the party. He maintains a democratic attitude and practice in handling all activities of the party. He listens to all with higher patience. However, there was an era where democratic rights of the party men were totally denied. During that era the party followers had to listen quietly to all what was said by the then party leader without questioning and believe what he said,” the chief minister said.

“During that period the party men had to clap when ordered and stop when asked to do so. No queries or discussions were allowed at that time. After the leader’s speech the National Anthem was sung and participants dispersed. Those who maintained utter silence during that time are now trying to misuse the democracy and freedom restored by the President. These sabotage actions by smaller groups adversely affect the progress of the party,” Chief Minister de Silva said.

“The disruptive action launched at the Baddegama Bala Mandala was a pre-set scheme by a group of local government heads misleading a few SLFP members. Majority of members did not take part in that action. It was a regressive action which denied the majority of participants of their democratic rights. Hence I vehemently denounce that mean undemocratic deed,” he said.

“The Sri Lanka Freedom Party is a democratic party. Anyone can bear any idea and advocate it. However, everyone should be prepared to listen to others also. Everyone should be given equal opportunities to express their views and ideas. Due to the indecent behaviour of a smaller group the majority were deprived of their democratic right of expression and they also lost the opportunity of knowing the future programmes of the party. Discipline of the party men should be well-maintained. At the conference all were given a chance to express their views and ideas. But a smaller group did not allow to respond to their queries and they even did not allow majority members to present their proposals and ideas,” de Silva said.

However, the incident that took place on Saturday was an abortive attempt by a smaller group aimed at disrupting the Balamandala conference, the chief minister said. 

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