Harsha, SF ridicule Champika
SJB MP Dr Harsha de Silva has decimated the ‘43 Brigade’ formed by MP Patali Champika Ranawaka, without the consent of the SJB leadership, when the former launched a virulent verbal attack against the new group, at the SJB Parliamentary Group meeting, Party sources said.
Sources also said Ranawaka was criticised during the meeting following details regarding his group’s formation were revealed in Sunday Ceylon Today.
Ranawaka had allegedly maintained during the meeting that he had not formed a political group but only a social movement and had charged that several Media outlets had given it a twist.
He had insisted that his modus operandi had been to rope in those who were dissatisfied with the Government to join his movement.
During the meeting, MP de Silva had queried as to what would make people join the new movement rather than the SJB. He had then asked what are the ethics of forming a social movement, when such tactics are mired in party politics, and had compared it to the Viyath Maga concept, which had been set in motion in the run-up to the 2019 Presidential Poll, by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
At the meeting MP Sarath Fonseka too had inquired as to what response Ranawaka would give if any of those in his social movement were to oppose the candidature of the present SJB Leader for the next Presidential Poll or any other election. SJB General Secretary MP Ranjith Maddumabandara had also criticised Ranawaka’s conduct and had opposed the formation of his so-called social movement.
The General Secretary had stressed that there was no need to create different movements and that the SJB was the only platform for to mount any opposition against the present regime.
MP Ashok Abeysinghe had noted that it would be apt for SJB Leader Sajith Premadasa, its General Secretary and MP Ranawaka to discuss the issue separately rather than attempting to criticise it at the Parliamentary Group Meeting. Finally the SJB Leader had opined that it would be opportune to continue with the SJB as a political alliance instead of striving to create different movements which could pave the way for its members to head in different directions.