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‘Hoping for fruitful outcome from SLFP-SLPP talks’

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party’s stance relating to its future activities and the forthcoming Presidential election will be announced at the SLFP Convention scheduled to be held on September 3, the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) General Secretary MP Mahinda Amaraweera said yesterday.

Amareweera was addressing the media alongwith MP Duminda Dissanayake at the UPFA weekly media briefing held at the SLFP headquarters yesterday.

He said that the SLFP was hopefully looking forward to the on-going discussions with the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP). With the outcome of the discussions, a decision will be taken on the Presidential candidate. However, the SLFP’s future plans are expected to be presented at the party convention to be held at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium, Colombo, on September 3.

However, measures have already been taken to strengthen the party at village level and at grass roots level, Amaraweera said. Commenting on the Executive Presidential system, he said that the country has got nothing from the Executive Presidential System except bankruptancy in every sector. According to Amaraweera, the Executive Presidency has created a mess in all sectors. “There is no need for an Executive Presidency in the country and therefore it should be abolished,” Amaraweera added. He accused the JVP, which forwarded a suggestion to Parliament to abolish the Executive Presidency, for keeping silent at this time.

Amaraweera accused the Government of allegedly misusing state funds for image building of the government and of the Presidential candidate. “The Government is spending Rs.3,000 million in public funds for the propaganda campaign” he claimed. MP Duminda Dissnayake stressed that no party would be allowed to dilute the SLFP and ruin its dignity and identity.

“No one will be allowed to stifle or supress the SLFP,” he said.

When asked what measures would be taken if Mahinda Rajapaksa assumes the SLPP leadership, Dissnayake said that it was against the party Constitution and it is a clear violation of the Constitution. Speaking on the allegations levelled against him and SLFP General Secretary Dayasiri Jayasekara through various media statements by MP Dilan Perera, he said that Dilan, who entered Parliament on the SLFP National List, had no ethical right to criticise the SLFP and its secretaries.

“Dilan Perera has serious issues with his discipline and has no right to criticise the party and the secretaries. If he wants to do so he should resign his Parliamentary seat first prior to passing judgement on various things,” Dissanayake said.

He said that there should be a systematic work progamme for a Presidential candidate. “Therefore there may be huge issues if a person, who doesn’t have such a systematic mechanism, is elected as the President,” he added. “Candidates should put forward their policies on foreign affairs,economic and health etc.,” he said.


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