Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has decided not to attend the 65th Convention of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP).
Rajapaksa, who was initially on the fence whether or not to attend the convention, which will be held in Kurunegala, his constituency, will avoid the convention, and instead travel to Kuala Lumpur where he will take part in the Asia Pacific Parliamentarians’ Union convention. Several other Joint Opposition MPs are also expected to join Rajapaksa on the trip. The Parliamentarians convention will be held from September 1 to 4.
Sources said that even though Rajapaksa has decided to give the SLFP convention a miss, he has however not disapproved other Parliamentarians of the Joint Opposition from taking part in it, but instead he has informed them to take a decision based on the sentiments of the voters, in their respective vote bases.
“It is the people who should tell you’ll whether or not to go,” Rajapaksa had reportedly said.
The 65th SLFP Convention will be held on September 4 in Kurunegala under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena, who is also the SLFP leader.