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Dividing SLFP into separate groups is futile: Duminda

Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) General Secretary Duminda Dissanayake said the formation of separate groups within the SLFP was baseless and urged the SLFPers not to weaken the political powers of the party by resorting to such acts.

He was addressing the gathering at the opening of the Kekirawa SLFP Party office.

The SLFP has a few opinions. Though former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was defeated on January 8, 2015, the SLFP supporters were not defeated. The Chairman of the SLFP was defeated by the General Secretary of the SLFP. Since former President Mahinda Rajapaksa handed over the chairmanship of the Party to President Maithripala Sirisena, the SLFP supporters did not lose, he said. "Every politician should have the ability to accept victory or defeat. Dividing in to groups within the party is baseless. If SLFP Parliamentarians united as one group, no SLFPer would have to face difficulties," he said.

"Everybody should accept that former Presidents Mahinda Rajapaksa and Chandrika Kumaratunga could not compete at the Presidential Election. So they are unable to form a government. All members of the SLFP should be politically united to form a SLFP government," he said.

"President Maithripala Sirisena's term ends only on January, 2021 and nobody could change that fact. Only President Maithripala Sirisena could compete at the next Presidential Election and not Mahinda Rajapaksa," Minister Duminda Dissanayake said.

The Minister urged all SLFP members to support the SLFP to win the upcoming Local Government Election. "The Local Government bodies would be formed only for four years and President Maithripala Sirisena would be the president till the end of the term of LG bodies expire. As representatives of the President, the SLFP members of the LG bodies could easily bring development activities to the villages," the Minister said. 


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