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SLFP – A Party Sans A Policy?

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by Wimalanath Weeraratne

‘Disciples’ of Velupillai Prabhakaran did whatever their master wanted them to do, without thinking whether it was right or wrong

Recently a journalist inquired from Minister Susil Premajayantha as to why the Sri Lanka Freedom Front (SLFP) is safeguarding a United National Party (UNP) government led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. His answer was “Why don’t we take it as if the UNP leadership, and Prime Minister is helping a President from the SLFP?”

Although, the government does not fully constitute of SLFPers, one must not forget that the President was elected by anti-SLFP votes. A majority of SLFPers along with affiliated parties of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) voted not for President Maithripala Sirisena but for Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa on January 8, 2015. As such, even though the United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG) constitutes of many parties, factions and camps, there is no doubt that Sirisena won because of UNPers.


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