19 October, 2019

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Sirisena Axes Several ’15 Group’ Members: SLFP Crisis Takes New Turn

The internal power struggle within the Sri Lanka Freedom Party has taken a new turn with President Maithripala Sirisena resorting to stern action on several members of the ’15 Group’ citing performance issues.

President Sirisena

Sirisena axed Susil Premajayanth, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, John Seneviratne, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena and Chandima Weerakkody from their organizer positions yesterday, claiming they have failed to set up balamandala committees in their electorates.

This was followed by the removal of John Seneviratne, Anura Yapa and Chandima Weerakkody from their positions as Co-Chairmen of Development Committees of their districts.

Sirisena made another interesting move by appointing Dayasiri Jayasekera as the new Co-Chairman of the Kurunegala District Development Committee, replacing Yapa.

Two Sirisena loyalists, State Minister Piyasena Gamage and Athula Kumara Rahubadde have been appointed to the remaining two positions, vacated by Weerakkody and Seneviratne.

Although Jayasekera was previously a member of the same group, he later met Sirisena separately and expressed willingness to re-join the SLFP group of the government. Colombo Telegraph learns that Jayasekera is also the front-runner for the party’s General Secretary post.

Speaking to Colombo Telegraph, a senior SLFP Parliamentarian said none of the members of the ’15 group’ attended the SLFP Central Committee meeting earlier this week.

“It could be a sign that the group is in the process of distancing themselves from the affairs of the party,” he explained.

He also added that Rohana Lakshman Piyadasa, the interim General Secretary of the party, presented a report to the SLFP Central Committee this week, claiming none of them had formed balamandala committees in their electorates.

When asked what prompted President Sirisena to look into their performance at this point, the Parliamentarian said it was part of SLFP’s preparation for the next Provincial Council election.

According to party sources, however, the move will thrust them towards the Joint Opposition and the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), the breakaway party formed by the Rajapaksa family targeting the next national elections. (By Tilini Rajapakse)

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  • 12
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    End of the political road for Susil Premajayanth, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, John Seneviratne, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena and Chandima Weerakkody. I pray the same fate to SB Dissanayake, Sudarshinin Fernandopulle and Wijithamuni De Soysa

    • 2
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      You know the case of the Sudarshini Fernandopulle. After killing her husband they brought her to the stage. Now she is confused of which is her political party and who brought her their. They wanted to do the same thing to Hirunika’s mother too, but the boys wanted check and see Hirunika so they prevailed. Now Hirunika is crying if her boss comes back what would be her fate after that. Ranil may buy her a ticket to Little India, Singapore.

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      Chun Paan
      I will join you in your prayers but there are more to be added.

  • 1
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    What about Rusiripala Thennakon as the Common Candidate?

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      Sure, then Sri Lanka will have a president ruled by a maharaja.

    • 11
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      That would be handing over the country to Kili Maharaja, the Media Gangster..

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      I heard Ranil is more qualified than Rusirupala.

  • 4
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    Anyway, it is very clear that end of the road for SLFP as well.

    • 0
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      Yes, Mathulawe Sobitha Thero committed that sin.

  • 10
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    Why is the President still clinging on to S.B. Dissanayake, Dilan and Thilanga Sumathipala? They too have to be kicked out. They have one foot on Mahinda’s group and are planning against Sirisena which having the other foot on Sirisena’s team. These are the traitors who ruin the country for their own personal benefit.

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      Not so quick on SB. This has his trump too. He is the witness of White Flag Murders.

  • 6
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    WHERE is thilaka sumthipalya,contempt of court famous SAKILI B.DIISANAYAKE and DOUBE GAME BILA dilan perera.THESE THREE GUYS WHERE ARE THEY HIDING.under MHINDAS sarong or MY3s sarong.

  • 0
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    He’ll gain nothing by axing.

  • 2
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    Were they axed because they did not form Bala Mandalaya?
    Did the central committee take a policy decision on the Mandalaya and covey same to the axe-victims? If not why not? Namal Rajapaksa invited himself into SLPP and formed the Bala-SLPP, the mission being to resurrect and inject life into the language/religion-divide.
    Is MS smelling merit in this?
    Back to square one! Trapped?

    • 2
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      Good points, K.Pillai.
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      Also endorse observations of Buddhist and “paragon”.

  • 13
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    Sirisena’s job is to run the country – not the SLFP. He was nominated as the common candidate specifically to introduce a new political culture to replace the destructive party politics that has been the bane of Sri Lanka since Independence. Ironically under Sirisena’s presidency, the country has plunged into the lowest, most degenerate level of petty party politics. Everything he does is tinged with one-upmanship, scoring cheap points for himself and the dwarf SLFP that he rules with pride. Every little state project that he inaugurates, he berates the poor rural people into believing, is due to his personal decision based on his rare political wisdom. Meanwhile, corruption goes on unabated, and the Rajapaksa Mafia is allowed to continue intimidating and undermining the judicial process by spreading conspiracy theories with the help of the depraved Buddhist clergy and the vicious Sirasa, Derana, and Hiru. Sirisena himself is reported to be involved in several mega kick-back and bribery scams. His daughter is abusing her dad’s power to make a fast buck. So the President himself has now resorted to this Sri Lankan proclivity for using conspiracy theories to cover one’s ass. If anyone is to be axed, it is this cashew nut dangling over our heads that even dogs won’t have as leader of their pack. Talk about performance issues !!

    • 9
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      Absolutely, Ajay.
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      What a disappointment this guy has been!
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      Contrast with the fortitude displayed here:
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      https://minivannewsarchive.com/politics/qa-former-first-lady-laila-ali-says-nasheed-asked-his-daughters-to-forgive-his-jailers-93882
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      How we have fallen; their fate , if decided according to the wishes of the overwhelming figures, is assured, with good leadership. What have we to look forward to?

    • 5
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      Sirasa is one of the worst TV stations in SL. News Line “Fatso Anchor” is one of the worst anchors in SL. This Fatso .. named “Show ali” always attacks Ranil, but he never speaks about the commissions made by Maharaja on the Russian Vessel. Further he brings in people to discuss politics from one group, i.e. those opposed to UNP. Shame on this Fatso. He is so ignorant he calls Supramaniam Swami of India who is riding on the back of Mahinda Rajapakse ( or the othre way about) as a Senior Leader of BJP. I after reading a comment on line went and investigated,. BJP website does not even mention this Swami as a leader or senior office bearer. My friends in India tell me Swami has no voter base in Tamil Nadu, but only because he had a party which he folded into BJP he was given a “Nikam Pinata” title as a nomination committee member only for a part of Tamil Nadu BJP candidates. If Sirasa is promoting these types of anchors who spread false news, the quality of Sirasa is becoming questionable and also reflects badly on other anchors of Sirasa.

  • 2
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    The back ground for all these is Ranil is uneducated, incomptetant and abovr all he id dhwat is trained as a JRJ fan. He stole from the bank to pay sirikotha debts and run the elelction. So, he is side lined. Mahinda Rajapakse does not give up the thought that Maithripala sirisena ate his Hoppers and made him go. So, gotabhaya Rajapakse is in the middle he knows every rthing about it. On the other hand, MY3 is gambling his best to survivie among great white sharks who are looking for some bloody flesh, mostly of the the country. 16 has become 15, and they are going back to their ALibaba as they know they can be successful thieves only under that Alibaba.

  • 1
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    Maithripala is paying for pastlife (I mean what he did as a minister) sins He is manoeverign among other great white sharks to look for escape routes.

  • 1
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    These Mara goons who pretended to help SLFP can go back to Mara Pachaya and make the Rupee stronger than the dollar. If they tell the public some may still believe it.
    Unfortunately I have no background sound to lough.

  • 4
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    long awaited move.They can’t run with the hare and hunt with hounds.

  • 0
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    it is high time sirisena realised that the slfp is going nowhere just like the unp under ranil
    he does not have to wait for the pc elections

  • 3
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    New Secretary of SLFP lamented about hooting in front of party headquarters and said it is like hooting at your mother. If the mother is sleeping with ‘Hora Miniha’ what else the sons and daughters can do?

  • 3
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    Sirisena must be now wishing he was dead and six feet under then, at least he would have died as a hero. In 2020 he will loses and live like a dead man for the rest of his miserable life.

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    Shankar.

    President Sirisena is actually hunting with the Hare[Ranil W.] and running with the Hounds[ MaRa clan]

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