The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) may very well fail to celebrate May Day this year due to the current crisis in the party, according to sources close to President Maithripala Sirisena, who is also the leader of the SLFP.
The party is currently in a state of disarray with Sirisena losing further control after 16 MPs including several ministers voting in favor of a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
The party is yet to take a stand on whether or not to remain in the Government with Sirisena appointing a special committee to study options after the entire Parliamentary Group decided that the unity agreement with the UNP should end.
As of now, the SLFP MPs who left the Government have warned that they would boycott the party’s May Day rally unless the several key office bearers are removed.
It is unlikely that the SLFP has the capacity to organize a May Day rally that is even close what it had last year, sources added. Last year, the SLFP’s May Day ‘show’ paled in comparison to that organized by the JO at Galle Face Green.
Meanwhile May Day is to be celebrated by the UNP on May 6 at Sugathadasa Stadium while the Joint Opposition (JO) is to hold its rally in Galle on May 7 after it was announced that this year May Day will not be celebrated on the first of the month because it coincided with Vesak celebrations. Some trade unions, however, are determined to celebrate May Day on May 1, as usual.