Close on the heels of several SLFP stalwarts calling for the removal of President Maithripala Sirisena as the party Chairman, the leaders of other parties in the UPFA too said that Sirisena should not lead the coalition at the upcoming local authority polls.
Gammanpila said that his party would not be part of the UPFA or support the coalition in future polls as long as Sirisena remains as the UPFA leader.
Gammanpila went on to state that a majority of the SLFP members too want Sirisena ousted, although they dont come out in the open fearing the wrath of a president with executive powers.
He predicted that the UPFA will face certain defeat at upcoming local government polls if Sirisena leads the party.
The Pivithuru Hela Urumaya leader observed that senior SLFP members including Prasanna Ranatunga, Kumara Welgama, Lohan Ratwatte, Vidura Wickremanayake have openly said that Sirisena should not lead the party.
Meanwhile Vasudeva Nanayakkara too said that Sirisena was the biggest hindrance to UPFA triumphing at future polls.
Nanayakkara charged that Sirisena had hijacked both the SLFP and UPFA by appointing his stooges to key posts.
The National Freedom Front (NFF) leader Wimal Weeranawnsa too noted that UPFA had no future with Sirisena at the helm.
On Sunday Parliamentarians Lohan Ratwatte and Vidura Wickremanayake in two public forums had expressed similar feelings noting that Sirisena will not be able to lead SLFP to victory.
Meanwhile beleaguered Sirisena has called for an urgent meeting of the SLFP Central Committee on Tuesday and an Executive meeting on Friday in the backdrop of a mutiny against his leadership.