May 07, 2017

SLFP discusses leaving govt. in August! Featured

The SLFP should leave the government after the expiration of the MoU with the UNP on August 21 and form a government together with the joint opposition, says a majority of seniors in the party.

Their view that the SLFP will be ruined if it continues to ally with the UNP any further will be intimated to the president, say party sources.

The party will gain a new lease of life by influencing the government while being in the opposition, they also say.

No post-review of the MoU

A post-review of the MoU’s success is yet to be done, although seniors of the two parties gathered to discuss the matter a few months ago.

The MoU, signed on 21 August 2015 by UNP general secretary Kabir Hashim and SLFP general secretary Duminda Dissanayake, can be extended by mutual consent.

MoU not followed

SLFP seniors allege that despite the agreements reached in the MoU to develop the economy, finance minister Ravi Karunanayake has been acting to destabilize the economy.

The government has neglected the welfare of the unemployed and the small and medium entrepreneurs, and the SLFP has to answer for those failures, they say, adding that UNP ministers were mostly involved in the corruption and fraud.

They also question the national audit act being retained by the prime minister’s office.

Best opportunity

The SLFP seniors will tell the president that the party is facing ruin due to the actions of the UNP, and the best opportunity to halt that will be the expiration of the MoU.

If the president agrees with their stand, they will hold talks with the joint opposition.

These matters were discussed by SLFP ministers and MPs who gathered at UPFA general secretary Mahinda Amaraweera’s home last night (06).