SLFP to order SB and Dilan to quit as national list MPs-Duminda

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party says it will “order” Dilan Perera and S B Dissanayake to resign from their seats in Parliament.

National Organiser of the SLFP Duminda Dissanayake said that the two are National List MPs and now “they have joined the Sri Lanka Podujana Perumuna.”

“So now they should give all the posts that they got as National List MPs,” he told reporters in Colombo today  2, Sept.

Further, he said that the SLFP was criticized for appointing members who lost the general election to parliament through the national list.

He also added that the National list position belongs to the United People Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and not individual members in the alliance.

Also speaking to the media SLFP General Secretary Dayasiri Jayasekara said that, just like there is ceasefire during the time of peace talks, the SLPP should stop recruiting SLFPers into their ranks as it will affect the understanding and unity which the two parties are intent on building through the discussions.

He also said that Local Government representatives who worked for the election of a particular MPs lose their bearings because the Parliamentarian changed sides for positions and rewards. Sometimes these LG councillors are also forced to change their side along with the MP, he added.

He also added that the central committee of the SLFP has decided to take disciplinary action against Perera and S B Dissanayake.

Jayasekara also said that accepting MPs of the SLFP to SLPP at this critical moment of SLFP-SLPP talks raise a question whether there is an internal conspiracy within the SLPP to defeat Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Jayasekara also pointed out that when forming an alliance the partners should come together and decide who should be the office bearers and the candidate. However, the SLPP has decided on them before entering into talks with the SLFP to form an alliance.

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“Yet we are positive about the discussions,” he added.

Further, he said that if the talks fail there are various options available to the party such as nominating the party’s own presidential candidate or joining the JVP to form a broader alliance.

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