SLPP to decide on action to be taken

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In a backdrop where Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) MPs have made several contradictory statements to the Media, Party General Secretary Sagara Kariyawasam said the party will hold a meeting to take a decision on what action is to be taken against those within the party who have such conflicting views.

Kariyawasam made this statement in connection with those in the party, including Chairman Prof. G.L. Peiris, who expressed contradictory views over the Emergency Regulations and in regard to the nominations and the Party’s support for the Parliamentary vote for the Presidency.

Prof. Peiris on Thursday (28), observed that the implementation of Emergency Regulations is in contravention to the policies of the party due to which he voted against the Regulations.

Kariyawasam, in response, noted that it is sad to see Prof. Peiris making such statements noting that such a view is wrong and is not against the policies of the Party. He added that the Party policies are based on the protection of democracy and if the President decides that a State of Emergency is crucial to uphold democracy, then such decision is one hundred per cent necessary and in accordance to Party policies.

Previously, Prof. Peiris slammed Kariyawasam for issuing a statement to the effect that SLPP would support newly appointed President Ranil Wickremesinghe during the Parliamentary vote, to which Kariyawasam responded that such decision was made with consensus of a majority of the Party.

By Faadhila Thassim