No separate political front – SLFP dissidents
SLFP dissidents in the Joint Opposition yesterday confirmed that no
final decision had been taken to contest the upcoming Local Government
polls under a separate political Front.
“We still function as the Joint Opposition in Parliament, but the
comments by some UPFA coalition partners show there are signs of an
emerging political party. The majority of the Local Government and
Pradeshiya Sabha heads and members have already said if former President
Mahinda Rajapaksa does not lead the Local Government election campaign,
they would not contest under the SLFP-led UPFA coalition, SLFP Senior
Vice President and UPFA Kalutara District Parliamentarian Kumara Welgama
The SLFP stalwart said so far the dates have not been fixed for the
Local Government polls. The SLFP MPs in the Joint Opposition have not
decided to form a separate political party. At present, we are
discussing the issues pertaining to the Constitutional Assembly and the
Bhikkhu Kathikawath Bill.
However, MP Welgama said SLFP activists at grassroots level are
disappointed over the conduct of the government and some SLFP MPs who
had obtained portfolios in the UNP-led National Government. In these
circumstances, some political transformation may take place in the
political arena, he said.
Kandy District UPFA Parliamentarian Mahindananda Aluthgamage said
some proposals have already been made that the Joint Opposition should
contest the upcoming Local Government polls separately, but we as
SLFPers have not taken a final decision on it. “We are still trying to
form an SLFP government. What President Maithripala Sirisena should do
at this juncture is to appoint an SLFP Prime Minister and form an SLFP
government. Else, it would be difficult to prevent any split in the SLFP.