A meeting was held last night between President Maithripala Sirisena and Ministers and Deputy Ministers representing the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. State Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena pointed out that the President, at this meeting, emphasized that stern action would be taken against those who breach the party discipline. He further stated that the President announced that if another party was to be formed it would amount to treachery against the party.
The meeting between President Maithripala Sirisena and Ministers of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party was held at the President’s Official Residence.
Attention was focused on many matters at the meeting which lasted for more than three hours. The SLFP Ministers who attended this meeting pointed out that they discussed the future activities of the Government, the future programme of the Party and the forthcoming Local Government polls. State Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said that the President underscored the need for them to work in unity as a Party without separating in the restructure of the party.
State Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said that the main topic discussed was to strengthen the party and face future elections while supporting the Government’s future programmes. It was mentioned that if party discipline was flouted, stern disciplinary action would be taken against such members. The Minister said that if another party was to be formed it would amount to treachery against the party.
It was Mahinda Rajapaksa who took the initiative in 2006 to form a Government between the UNP and the SLFP. Forming a coalition Government is nothing new. He said the party’s identity has been safeguarded in the present format.
General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party Minister Duminda Dissanayake expressing views on the party mentioned that he considered that no one should be disturbed about this discussion. He said they discussed the future programmes of the party as well as the Government.