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Mahinda Assures He will Not Leave SLFP

Colombo, 16 February, (

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a letter to SLFP General Secretary Anura PriyadharsanaYapa had assured that despite criticism, insults and sidelining, he would not leave the party or the party supporters in any circumstance.

New General Secretary of the party Anura Priyadharshana Yapa said that the Former Presidents Mrs Chandrika Bandaranayake Kumaratunga as well as Mahinda Rajapaksa - two leaders had sent letters that they were not in a position to attend the meeting due to unavoidable circumstances.

Informing his inability to attend the SLFP’s Executive Committee meeting at Battaramaulla on Saturday, the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa congratulated the new office bearers of the SLFP.

Though he congratulated the new office bearers there was confusion at the ‘Ape Gama’, Battaramulla on Saturday during a meeting of the SLFP Executive Committee and the National Working Committee by a group of MPs and chairmen of some local bodies holding a protest demanding that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa be made the party’s Prime Ministerial candidate or they would not support any other candidate.

As President Maithripala Sirisena left the premises the confusion reigned. They challenged the hierarchy to form a government without Mahinda Rajapaksa if it could.

The protesters tried to block the path of Hirunika Premachandra, Minister M. K. D. S. Gunawardane and Prasanna Solangarachchi, while they were leaving the premises after the meeting and they were taken away with the greatest difficulty.

However former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had said in the letter he wrote to the new General Secretary of the party Anura Priyadharshana Yapa, that he could not attend the meeting due to his other commitments.

Highlighting some of the main events that SLFP had to face during last few decades, Mr. Rajapaksa explained how he fought to protect his party men from several accusations, when the party was in the opposition.

“It is the prime responsibility of the SLFP to protect the other affiliated political parties, which were behind the SLFP all the time,” the letter said adding that “as such the SLFP as a party should always there to protect the party and its members whenever they were under threat.”

“I firmly believed that the newly elected President of the SLFP, Maithripala Sirisena and other office bearers will take the responsibility of protecting the party as well as its members. I can bear the continuous threat, insults and sidelining me from both inside and outside, as a person, who able to stand against the world’s ruthless terrorists as well as the international conspiracies,” he stated. Stating that he would do whatever to be done for the party in the future, the former President said, “We should win again. That is for the country and the party. For that purpose, I am ready to do my duty.”

- Asian Tribune -

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