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Pohottuwa will put SLFP at risk: Welgama

United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) MP Kumara Welgama said yesterday that he would support any Presidential candidate who would not harm the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP).

Welgama also said that he would not cast his vote for the Pohottuwa party and requested all SLFP supporters to decide whether the Pohottuwa party or the SLFP was more important.

He was speaking at an event titled ‘Api Sri Lanka’ that was organised by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and headed by its senior adviser, former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium in Colombo, yesterday evening.

“There are 35 Presidential candidates for this year’s election, and we don’t have an SLFP candidate. I will cast my vote for one of the candidates in this list; however, I shall not vote for anyone who is likely to destroy the Sri Lanka Freedom Party,” Welgama said.

“I cannot tell you whether or not you should vote for a specific candidate, but remember that your decision matters; it will either protect our party—or put it in danger. You can decide which party is important between the SLFP and the Pohottuwa party. If the Pohottuwa party wins, remember that it would be a Rajapaksa who would be chairing both the Pohottuwa and the SLFP. We would be left with nothing but a name board, and the party headquarters on Darley Road, if that were to happen,” he added.

“So, as true SLFP supporters, we must take a wise decision. We should not hand over the SLFP to anyone this time. Some people claim that this event was not organised by the SLFP; you should know that I would not have been on this stage if this was another political party’s event,” Welgama said.He added that an attempt had been made to sabotage the event by circulating false news on social media announcing that there was a change in its scheduled date.

Welgama was critical of SLFP General Secretary Dayasiri Jayasekara, who had said that the SLFP would take disciplinary action against Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga.

“People who have come from other parties are trying to defend the SLFP. No such person can initiate a disciplinary inquiry against our leader. If we get a proper result from the coming election, it would be Jayasekara who would have to face an inquiry,” he said.

“Someone broke into my house recently. They have entered my room and left without a trace. There were no fingerprints, so it is obvious that the break-in was well-planned—and I can only assume that it was a warning. However, I would like to remind them that I am a strong Sri Lankan, and that I will keep moving forward regardless,” Welgama added.

He also said that, if necessary, they could hold a rally at the Galle Face Green to show the power of the SLFP.

Welgama added that when he organised the ‘Mahinda Sulanga’ programme on behalf of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, nobody who is flocking around him now was there to support him.

Former Minister U.D. Ariyatilake, former Western Province councillors Sanjaya Siriwardena and A.M.M. Amjad, MP Jayampathi Wickremeratne, and New Left Front Leader Vickramabahu Karunaratne participated in the event. Ministers Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, Mangala Samaraweera, Arjuna Ranatunga, and Mano Ganesan; as well as SLFP politicos Athauda Seneviratne, Milroy Fernando, and H. Liyanage; were also present.

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