Aug 13, 2015 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe on Thursday pledged a new country in 60 months that ditched the Rajapaksa legacy.
Speaking at a special briefing conducted by the party leaders of the United National Front for Good Governance, Prime Minister Wickramasinghe blasted the pro-Mahinda faction in the SLFP for trying to taking over the party.
“It’s basically an attempt to resurrect the politically rejected. A new country in 60 months is a country that ditched the Rajapaksa legacy,” Wickramasinghe told reporters.
“The SLFP constitution says the member who elected the President must become the leader of the party which means the person who has the mandate,”
“But some of the hardcore guys in the SLFP are trying to take the party over and trying to install Mahinda Rajapaksa onto Maithripala Sirisena,” Wickramasinghe said.
Wickramasinghe portrayed the issue as a serious concern for the country as a whole.
“It’s a crisis. When we move the Rajapaksa family out of politics, the thugs are trying to takeover the SLFP that is the second party of the country,”
“You can’t have a group of people using thuggery to their opponents inside the party, assaulting them, using the underworld to continue what they have done early,” Wickramasinghe said.
Speaking at the briefing, Minister Rajitha Senaratne said the pro-Mahinda fraction in SLFP is trying to ‘hijack’ the party.