The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) distanced itself from former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga’s decision to support presidential hopeful Sajith Premadasa today, calling it baseless.
SLFP spokesman Weerakumara Dissanayake told reporters today that his party sees Kumaratunga’s move to join the United National Party (UNP)-led alliance was not driven by principle or ideology.
The agreement signed between Bandaranaike and the UNP, he said, is just a media circus that would be of no use to the wider SLFP membership.
“We do not believe she can get anything productive out of this alliance,” he said, claiming that Kumaratunga is all too aware that the agreement is contrary to the party’s vision.
Any pact with the UNP, Dissanayake further said, would mean leftist forces working together with a Western-backed party that seeks to sell the country to foreigners.
The SLFP’s vision, as spearheaded by President Maithripala Sirisena, is to be a party at the forefront of developing the country, he added.
The signing of the MoU, Dissanayake said, was not to protect the SLFP as claimed but simply to add votes to Premadasa’s election campaign.
“No one who accepts the Bandaranaike ideology will vote for the UNP,” he added.