March 26 rally:
No disciplinary action against SLFP politicos
SLFP General Secretary Anura Priyadharshana Yapa said that the SLFP
hierarchy has not yet discussed the disciplinary action to be taken
against nearly 26 SLFP MPs and provincial politicians who participated
in the rally at Ratnapura on March 26 to urge the SLFP to nominate
former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the UPFA’s Prime Ministerial
candidate at the upcoming general election.
It was the third rally organised by the constituent partners of the
UPFA, Mahajana Eksath Peramuna, National Freedom Front, Democratic Left
Front and Pivithuru Hela Urumaya.
However, SLFP Media Spokesman and State Minister for Housing and
Samurdhi Dilan Perera told the Sunday Observer that if the SLFP wants to
take disciplinary action against its members, it will be done in
accordance with the party Constitution.
But the SLFP will not dance to the whims and fancies of the UNP. Some
UNPers want to take action against our members to create divisions
within the SLFP. If the UNP or some media personnel want, the SLFP is
not ready to take action against its members. The SLFP has its own way
of doing things, he said.
A statement issued by SLFP General Secretary Anura Priyadharshana
Yapa on March 3 stated that the SLFP Central Committee had banned its
MPs, Provincial Councillors and Local Government members from attending
pro-Mahinda Rajapaksa rallies organised by other political parties in
the UPFA without prior approval.
The Central Committee also decided to prevent party representatives
from acting on their own accord and holding media conferences. However,
the UPFA politicians who participated in these rallies reiterated that
they have not breached party discipline as they took part in rallies
organised by some constituent parties of the UPFA.