SLFP dispute aggravates over the bizarre publication
The authorless publication titled “Think about this and protect the party” which was distributed at SLFP party Headquarters last Wednesday has caused more disputes within the party.
One faction of SLFP argues the content of the booklet would serve better while the other faction states the opposite.
At the same time, various views have been made that the party office bearers would be changed soon.
When journalists enquired SLFP National Organizer Susil Premajayantha of his views about the particular publication during the media conference last Wednesday, he termed the controversial publication as a ‘lampoon’.
Meanwhile SLFP Kalutara District MP Vidura Wickramanayake said in a meeting at Horana today that he received the controversial booklet with the party General Secretary’s official seal on it.
However, Media Deputy Minister Shantha Bandara told a media briefing held in Colombo today that every SLFP members should essentially read this booklet.
At the same time, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa also expressed his views on this booklet after meeting with Pradeshiya Sabha members at Abhayaramaya in Narahenpita today.
He stated that he only saw the publication through media, and that it would be regrettable if the party has fallen to such low level of publishing lampoons.
Meanwhile, our news team enquired SLFP General Secretary Anura Priyadarshana Yapa about the reports that state the posts of General Secretary and the National Organizer are going to be changed.
He stated that the two have worked towards the unity of the party for over 30 years and that talks of removal was not necessary since they have not breached the party’s discipline.
However, SLFP General Secretary Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said that the publication has been provided to the party headquarters by Minister S.B. Dissanayake.
Accordingly our news team contacted Rural Affairs Minister S.B. Dissanayake to comment on the matter, and he stated that the publication was prepared with the awareness of the President and the President’s Media Unit.
And added that he would take responsibility of the publication, which was prepared as a collaborative effort of several party members.
However, SLFP General Secretary Anura Priyadarshana Yapa says that the publication has been provided to the party headquarters by Minister S.B. Dissanayake.
He said that he informed the SLFP headquarters to stop its distribution yesterday.
The General Secretary also said that he would inform the matter to the party central working committee.
Meanwhile, participating in Hiru TV “Paththare Wisthare” program this morning, UPFA General Secretary and SLFP National Organizer Susil Premajayantha had this to say about a change of party office bearers.
Our news team also enquired Anura Priyadarshana Yapa about the booklet distributed among journalists at the SLFP headquarters last Wednesday.
He also said that the distribution of the booklet was stopped and the matter would be taken to the central working committee.
Although we attempted to contact minister S.B. Dissanayake who distributed this booklet among journalists, our effort were futile.