SLPP will become political nonentity

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NFF Leader, MP Wimal Weerawansa said, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) will become a political nonentity, ahead of the Presidential and General Elections, which have been scheduled for next February.

Participating in a weekly political talk show, aired on a private television channel on 13 June, Weerawansa said, the present leadership of the SLPP, should be held accountable for the multitude of crises plaguing the country.

He charged the SLPP leadership helmed by the Rajapaksa clan, either knowingly or unknowingly, had not heeded their calls to take preventive measures six months ago, thus paving the way for the present-day chaos afflicting the masses.

“In my view, the SLPP is politically finished and it is a foregone conclusion,” the NFF Leader quipped.

“The truth of the matter will be revealed to this country, at the next national campaign due after February 2023. The warnings given by us including MPs Udaya Gammanpila and Vasudeva Nanayakkara leading to the present crises, were not heeded by the political leadership of the SLPP under the former PM Mahinda Rajapaksa and its ‘creator’ former MP Basil Rajapaksa. See what has transpired now. Under this situation, I do not think the SLPP will be a force to be reckoned with, anymore.”

When queried if this could pave the way for the creation of a new political alliance by progressive forces within the SLPP led by MP Dullas Alahapperuma, Weerawansa said, it could become a reality, due to the fact that the SLPP is fast heading towards oblivion in the local political sphere.

But, he warned that the future of any such political alliance will by and large depend on the integrity and character of those who are chosen for marketing its political process.

The MP also pointed out the Rajapaksa clan too cannot run away without facing the consequences of the catastrophe, which is intertwined with the SLPP.

When asked whether the group of nine-party, independent MPs in Parliament will forge a new political alliance ahead of the next General Election, Weerawansa refused to be drawn on what the future holds.

But, he urged the public to shed their petty differences and join forces to combat what he termed today’s common enemy ‘the economic crisis.’ (JK)