President Maithripala sends an urgent letter to Mahinda
President Maithripala Sirisena has sent an urgent letter to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The letter sent by President Sirisena, in his capacity as the Chairman of SLFP, consists of 5 pages.
In his letter, President Sirisena stated that another senior leader of the party, other than the former president should be appointed to the premiership if the UPFA is able to secure the minimum number of 113 seats to form a government in the forthcoming General Election.
The President has also revealed several matters in his letter to the former President.
He has stated that those who are flattering the former President are giving telephone calls or meeting him in person requesting for Ministerial portfolios following the election.
In addition, the letter states that those who call themselves as the followers of former President are strongly attacking the SLFP MPs who assumed ministerial posts.
He also stated that the long term political friendship between the former President and himself collapsed due to the misdemeanor of Basil Rajapaksa.
In addition, he stated that during the telephone conversation which took place 2 days prior to handing over the nominations, he has reiterated not to contest.
However, the former President had become a prisoner of small political parties.
The President also emphasized that Former President should take the responsibility of preventing SLFP from falling under the influence of small political parties and groups.
And to end the provision which allow these factions to decide the journey of the SLFP.
The President also mentioned that during the leadership of the Former President, the SLFP was a party which resisted diversity.
He also stated that he had to withdraw since the former President was ready to divide the party and offer nominations separately following minor incidents.
Therefore, the President further requested the former President in his letter to use his intellect instead of his heart until the day of the Election.
He ended the letter requesting the former President to take measures to win more seats for the UPFA at the election.