Most SLPP members reluctant to join Maithripala at GE - Minister Prasanna | Daily News


Most SLPP members reluctant to join Maithripala at GE - Minister Prasanna

The majority of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) members are reluctant to join former President Maithripala Sirisena at the upcoming General Election, Industrial Export, Investment Promotion, Tourism and Aviation Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said.

“The Ranil- Maithri combination led the country to great destruction which has created doubts in the minds of SLPP members,” he said.

Minister Ranatunga also said that Prime Minster Mahinda Rajapaksa is the accepted leader of the SLPP and the party members are not willing to accept Maithripla Sirisena as a co-leader.

The Minister was addressing a meeting at Udugampala on the current political situation.

He further said that the SLPP will only contest the General Election under the ‘Pohottuwa’ (Flower Bud) symbol and there is no alternative other than ‘ Pohotuuwa’.

“There are no co-leaders in our party or else in the said coalition of Maithripala Sirisena. The only leader in our party is Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. We are not ready to accept Maithripala Sirisena as a co–leader,” he said.

“Former President Maithripala Sirisena was with us and later contested against our leader Mahinda Rajapaksa. After the Presidential election in 2015, he formed a National Government with Ranil Wickremesinghe and destroyed the country to a great extent. SLFP members who were with us also joined the National Government in order to obtain positions. Maithripala Sirisena and others who governed the country for the last few years cannot evade from the the predicament that they placed the country in,” Minister Ranatunga said.

He also said that the previous government is responsible for the Bond Scam, Easter Sunday terror attacks and the jailing of War Heroes. “The so called Ranil- Maithri good governance Government degraded Buddhism too. Therefore, how can we join somebody who supported all the crimes within the previous government? The general public was disappointed with good governance. If we amalgamate the characters who have connections with the former good governance Government, our supporters will be disappointed,” he said.

He said that the SLPP members are willing to join professionalals but not the ones who had connections to the Ranil – Maithri duo.

“The Mahinda- Gotabaya combination has taken the country to great heights. The country is blessed with a chance to establish that combination again at the upcoming General Election,” he said.

He questioned as to how Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa will be able to lead the country when cannot fire Ranil Wickremesinghe from his Party leadership.

“Sajith Premadasa will definitely lose his Opposition Leader after the General Election,” Minister Ranatunga said.

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