DISCIPLINARY ACTION AGAINST MR?
30 SLFP MPs found guilty of violating Party
Disciplinary Committee given full authority to
MPs making statements on dividing SLFP to be
The Disciplinary Committee of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) will
initiate action against 30 MPs for violating party discipline.
The SLFP Central Committee, when it met on Friday, decided to
delegate full authority to the Disciplinary Committee of the party to
take action against MPs breaching party discipline, irrespective of
their positions in the party.
“Internal discipline is important in a political party. At this
point, my primary objective is to uphold Party Discipline,” President
Maithripala Sirisena told senior members of the Central Committee on the
sidelines of the Central Committee meeting on Friday evening.
“The Party now enjoys internal democracy. MPs or seniors could not
express their views or opinions freely over the past 10 years. However,
democracy should not be at the expense of party discipline” the
Informed sources close to President Sirisena told the Sunday Observer
that MPs who made statements about dividing the SLFP would be under
investigation by the Disciplinary Committee.
“There is strong speculation that disciplinary action will be
initiated against former President Mahinda Rajapaksa too,” a senior
parliamentarian who is also a Central Committee member told the Sunday
After inquiries, the Disciplinary Committee will forward its findings
to the Central Committee, the apex decision-making body of the party, to
decide its course of action on ‘errant’ MPs.
Minister Sarath Amunugama told a press conference on Friday that
eleven SLFP MPs supporting the ‘joint opposition’ would not join the
Amunugama, an ally of President Sirisena, said they had informed the
party of their decision. The SLFP Central Committee has also decided not
to endorse any request of members to act as an independent group in
Parliament. It was a slap in the face for the joint opposition formed by
the UPFA dissidents.