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SLFP to decide whether to back Gota on Saturday

The Central Committee of SLFP will decide whether to join hands with the SLPP and back its presidential Candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa, on Saturday, party General Secretary Dayasiri Jayasekara told reporters today.

He said that President Maithripala Sirisena has taken the final decision about the symbol and that SLPP would positively consider changing the symbol in the coming days.

“We expect a reply from them by 5 Oct and the Central Committee will meet again that evening,” he added.

Further, he said that they hope the SLPP leadership will respond positively to the proposals presented by the SLFP in the coming days. 

Jayasekara also said that it is not a threat of any kind and that those are not conditions, and went onto say that they also have the need and dedication to join with SLPP “but we hope they would consider these proposals positively,” he added.

The general secretary also said that SLFP is going to submit a couple of agreements they expecting to sign with the SLPP if a positive response would come about the alliance.

One he said the was Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Gotabaya Rajapaksa which includes proposals made by the SLFP under the leadership of its Senior Vice President Nimal Siripala de Silva and another agreement between the SLFP and SLPP

 Further, he said they are also going to submit amendments for the proposals made by the SLPP with regard to the constitution of the alliance.

Regarding the disciplinary action against the national list MPs who crossed over to SLPP he said that the president as the chairman of the party has decided to terminate the membership those MPs as the disciplinary committee wasn’t satisfied with their responses.

Accordingly, the MPs are given 14 days starting from yesterday to appear before the disciplinary committee.





Further Jayasekara said that 4 local councillors from Arachchikattuwa and Mawanella were permanently banned by the central committee while the party membership of 16 other provincial councillors was temporarily banned for further disciplinary action.

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