In the backdrop of several Sri Lanka Freedom Party parliamentarians openly calling for the removal of President Maithripala Sirisena as the party chairman, the SLFP Central Committee has decided to take tough disciplinary action against those members who criticize party leadership and the SLFP.
According to a SLFP minister new rules will be brought to punish those who criticize the party hierarchy, SLFP policies and the party constitution.
Recently, parliamentarians Lohan Ratwatte and Vidura Wickremanayake in two public forums had said that Sirisena should step down, as he will not be able to lead SLFP to victory at future polls.
Wickremanayake speaking at a public event in Horana had said that if Sirisena had led the party at last general elections instead of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the party would not have got even 35 parliamentary seats.
Meanwhile Lohan Ratwatte had told a public event in Kandy that SLFP grassroots level members oppose the chairmanship of Sirisena as they believe that it was he who had ensured defeat of the SLFP by contesting against Rajapaksa at the last Presidential polls.
Ratwatte warned that around 50 SLFP parliamentarians who are displeased with the current path pursued by the party hierarchy were preparing to take a firm stand.
Meanwhile senior SLFP member and minister Nimal Siripala De Silva too had said that the Yahapalana government was in tatters and people should rethink of their decision to vote for Sirisena at the January 08 polls.