Discussions with President successful, SLFP not to leave government

Discussions with President successful, SLFP not to leave government

Mon, Jul 26, 2021, 11:46 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 26, Colombo: General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and State Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara says that the two and a half hour discussion with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa ended successfully.

A Sri Lanka Freedom Party delegation joined a special discussion with President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa today (26) at the Presidential Secretariat.

The leader of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party Former President Maithripala Sirisena, , Minister of Labor Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Environment Mahinda Amaraweera, and National organizer State Minister Duminda Dissanayake also participated in the discussion.

State Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara said the issues that have arisen for them as a party which gives special strength to the present government and the President and the issues that have arisen in the country as a whole were discussed.

Speaking to the media after the discussion, the SLFP members stated that the discussion ended positively and the President responded positively to their demands. They also stated that they would continue to contribute to strengthen the government.

Jayasekara said President Rajapaksa’s attention has been drawn to the contribution of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party to the future program of the government and the preparation of a special program regarding future actions. He said the President was briefed on the injustices done to the SLFP representatives of the local government bodies and the organizers of the constituencies by some government ministers and MPs.

“We, as a party, especially at the local level made a huge commitment to elect the President and form this government, but after that the government has disregarded the local representatives, who helped to strengthen the government and is continuing to sideline the SLFP members, especially the local government representatives,” State Minister said.

The party has questioned the President on how the government can include SLFP organizers, district organizers, divisional councilors, divisional representatives as well as representatives of affiliated organizations in government-implemented programs.

“We have also discussed with the President on amendments to the new constitution and the electoral system, teacher salary anomalies, Educational Reform Programs, and the current issues regarding fertilizers and organic fertilizers,” Jayasekara said.

He said the President agreed to implement and follow through on the decisions taken at the discussion and .promised to amend the electoral system.

The General Secretary said the President responded positively to their concerns and the discussions was successful. He added that the party hopes to hold discussions with the SLPP next.

Many in the political circle were watching to see if the SLFP would continue to support the government and the meeting between the President and the SLFP parliamentary group has affirmed that the party led by former president Maithripala Sirisena will resolve the issues and continue to support the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) led government.

Meanwhile, at a media briefing convened by the SLPP today, its General Secretary MP Sagara Kariyawasam expressed his views regarding the Sri Lanka Freedom Party.

He said that a small minority of SLFP MPs are complaining that they are being disregarded and given some menial posts and they are still in the same old mindset thinking that SLFP was a major party.

“In previous alliances SLFP was the major party and had more power. But in this government the major party of the alliance is SLPP. Although some of the SLFP members with political experience have understood this reality but few members have failed to grasp it,” SLPP General Secretary said.

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