If not SLPP, there are other parties to ally with, like JVP - Dayasiri | Daily News

If not SLPP, there are other parties to ally with, like JVP - Dayasiri

The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) has been built on vituperative politics. This is evident from the behaviour of grassroots membership right up to the party’s top echelons, SLFP General Secretary MP Dayasiri Jayasekara says. Speaking to the media after an awareness programme for SLFP activists held at the Pearl Palace hotel, Matara, on September 17, Jayasekara said the SLFP was endeavouring to save the country from political decay and develop it.

It was a programme that should be achieved with the unity of all strata of SLFP membership. They were conducting a campaign to unite all. The SLFP could not be dismembered any further. The SLFP had identified its past mistakes and was striving to correct them, he said.

Jayasekara said the SLFP could not work together with the UNP while Ranil held its leadership. They would never unite with the UNP. They were conducting an anti-UNP campaign.He said that many startling things might happen in the near future. He noted that the media was reporting that the SLFP was parting ways with the UNP on the issue of standing together with Sajith and was speculating whether the SLFP would support Sajith if he contested the Presidential election on his own. Jayasekara said that what the SLFP would do could be seen at that time.

However the SLFP would not join the UNP again as they could see the country’s plight resulting from it.

Jayasekara said the SLFP had a choice of joining other parties if discussions with the SLPP failed. The JVP was one such party. At a time the whole country was trying to elect a single person as President it was unbecoming to whip up communalism.

Jayasekara said the SLFP discussed this matter with the Elections Commission as well. He said even provincial SLFP politicians were opposed to the Pohottuwa (Lotus bud) symbol. Unless the SLPP dropped the (Lotus bud) Pohottuwa symbol they would not join hands with it.That was why the suggested the ‘Betel leaf’ symbol instead of the ‘hand’ symbol. Southern Province Governor Hemal Gunasekera and several other former MPs and provincial council members and other provincial politicians were also present.


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