While the UPFA will not take action against the SLFP MPs who attended last Thursday’s Joint Opposition rally at Hyde Park chaired by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, top SLFP sources hinted that SLFP Leader President Maithripala Sirisena was likely to summon an emergency meeting of the party Central Committee to decide on the action that should be taken against those members who violated party discipline.
Prior to that Hyde Park rally, SLFP General Secretary Duminda Dissanayake informed the party membership in writing that no SLFP member should attend any rally organized without the blessings of the party leadership.
General Secretary of the UPFA, Mahinda Amaraweera said that the SLFP would first examine the issue of those in the SLFP who attended the rally and made statements detrimental to the SLFP. ‘The rally was announced prior to my taking over duties and responsibilities as the General Secretary of the Alliance’, he added.
“This is a decision for the SLFP to take. The General Secretary of the SLFP, Duminda Dissanayake had informed Members of the SLFP that action would be taken if they had attended the rally. If SLFP Members have made statements detrimental to the Party the matter will be decided on by the Party’s Central Committee.” he stated.
SLFP General Secretary, Minister Duminda Dissanayake was not available for comment at the time this edition went to press.
Meanwhile, Political Analyst Prof.Jayadeva Uyangoda said the present Cold War between the two divisions of the SLFP (the faction with President Maithripala Sirisena and the pro-Mahinda Rajapaksa faction will continue on for some time without a formal separation and breakup. Prof. Uyangoda observed that the present uncertainty regarding the Party was likely to continue without divisions until the Local Government Elections is announced. Meanwhile, a senior SLFP minister who wished to remain anonymous stressed the need to take disciplinary action against all SLFP MPs who attended the Joint Opposition rally as they had violated party discipline.’ The President should not waste anymore time but act swiftly to protect the SLFP’, he added.