SLFP and UNP poles apart in principle and practice - Amaraweera | Daily News


SLFP and UNP poles apart in principle and practice - Amaraweera

Passenger Transport Management Power and Energy Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said that when a group led by former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga proposed that the SLFP should support Sajith Premadasa at the recent Presidential election, a group of SLFPers led by him vehemently opposed it from the very outset.

The main reason for it was that the SLFP and UNP were poles apart in principle and practice and would never match together.

The Minister was addressing a meeting held at Getamanna to mark the distribution of school equipment among Daham Pasalal students in the region.

Amaraweera said they did not support Maithripala Sirisena at the 2015 Presidential election.

Thereafter President Sirisena became the SLFP chairman and the party decided to join hands with the UNP to form a government.

It was a party decision taken by the SLFP rather than their personal decision.

Although it was improper to join hands with the UNP they had to fall in line with the party decision and that was why they joined the government with the UNP. Amaraweera said however, the SLFP realised that it had no place in a coalition with the UNP.

Amaraweera said he was the first person who complained to the Bribery and Corruption Commission about the Central Bank Bond scam on March 9, 2015.

It was due to illegal activities of the UNP that President Sirisena appointed Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister on October 26, 2018. But due to a court decision President Sirisena had to reinstate Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister.

Thereafter they left government ranks and sat in the opposition benches.

When the 2019 Presidential Election was announced all of them in the SLFP decided to support the candidature of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa who won the hearts and minds of the people.

There had been a great revival in the country following President Rajapaksa's assumption of office. Since President Rajapaksa could not find solution to the country's problems without a Parliamentary majority people should ensure him and his party a strong government at the next Parliamentary elections to be held before April this year.

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