Despite speculations that President Maithripala Sirisena would be removed from the party leadership, the President tightened his grip on the party yesterday by obtaining a court order to prevent the Central Committee from meeting without his approval.
The move was against the Party Secretary Anura Priyadarshana Yapa’s attempt to convene a Central Committee meeting on Wednesday night at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute to discuss about President Sirisena’s special statement on Tuesday. Yapa said over one third of the SLFP Central Committee members requested him to convene a meeting to discuss about the matter.
Meanwhile, four new electorate organizers of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party received their letters of appointment from President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday.
According to the announcement made by the President’s Media Division, Nirupama Rajapaksa has been appointed as the Chief SLFP organiser for the Mulkirigala Electorate; Victor Anthony Perera for the post of Chief SLFP Organiser of the Puttalam Electorate; Thilak Waragoda as the Chief SLFP organiser for the Kelaniya Electorate and R.P.Thusitha Kularatne as the Chief SLFP Organiser for the Bulathsinhala Electorate.
None of the new electorate organizers appointed by Sirisena are supporters of former President Rajapaksa.