Colombo Telegraph

MS With MR At His Side Today Calls On SLFP To Unite

President Maithripala Sirisena with his main adversary Mahinda Rajapaksa at his side today called for the Sri Lanka Freedom Party to unite.

He was speaking at a meeting held to celebrate the 64th Anniversary of the SLFP in Polonnaruwa today.

However a long standing SLFP MP said that it was the power struggle between both Sirisena and Rajapaksa which divided the SLFP into two factions.

Sirisena went on to say that the SLFP should face the next polls as a united force.

However, Chandrika Kumaratunga who Rajapaksa has described as his biggest enemy was not on stage in Polonnaruwa.

The new General Secretary of the SLFP Duminda Dissanayake in his address said that Bandaranaike could not attend the event as she had gone abroad.

However, Sirisena was wary enough not to grant a speech to Rajapaksa.

Although Rajapaksa was seated next to Sirisena the two did not engage in much talk.

Also the division within the SLFP was much evident at the meeting with both Sirisena and Rajapaksa factions choosing to band together with colleagues from the same side.

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