Commenting on speculation that SLFP dissidents will
form a new political party under the leadership of former President
Mahinda Rajapaksa, Social Empowerment and Welfare Minister S.B.
Dissanayake said if the former President loves the SLFP and the country,
he should give his blessings to the incumbent President Maithripala
Sirisena to take the party forward.
The former president’s efforts to politically
consolidate himself amidst multiple criminal and fraud investigations
against family members :
Despite MP Welgama's claim of a continued lack of
success in forming a political party, political sources confirm the
emergence of a new political party. At the same time, the UPFA rebel
group in Parliament demanding recognition of their ‘Joint Opposition’
status in Parliament claims unanimous agreement that the former
President Rajapaksa should be the leader of the new party.