CBK to Take the Chair

CBK to Take the Chair

SLFP leader former President Maithripala Sirisena has informed former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga that now her SLFP party membership has been reinstated.

CBK is to form an alliance which will contest elections under the chair symbol. The lea party of this alliance would be the SLFP.

It is only recently that CBK said that former President Maithripala Sirisena should be chased away from party leadership as he is not trust worthy.

SLPP MP and former President Maithripala Sirisena should be thrown out of the SLFP for making the party a junior partner of the Sri  Lanka Podujana Peramna led by the Rajapaksha’s   after appearing before the Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) appointed to implement the recommendations of the final report of the PCoI into alleged Political Victimisation.

Both Sirisena and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had destroyed the SLFP, Kumaratunga alleged.

The former President said that she had urged Sirisena not to join the SLPP as that would be the end of the SLFP.

“I repeatedly told him this and Sirisena removed me from the party’s Central Committee and stripped me of my organiser’s post in retaliation.

“Now, Sirisena is saying the same things I said about the SLPP. Even during the war, I managed to get the economy up and running. Look at it now, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry,” she said.

The  alliance that now is to regroup under CBK leadership , was originally formed ahead of the general election in 1994 and successfully defeated the 17-year rule of the United National Party (UNP).


Old Wine in Same Bottle’s 
It is very unlikely that this new alliance of CBK will anything hugely exiting to the voters but it could make use of the block vote of the SLFP
CBK played a important role in bringing in Maithripala Sirisena in to power in 2015 but after wining the presidency the relationship between the both of them became bitter.
While CBK is to take leadership of the new alliance, a Leadership Council to be formed in due course. At a recent, meeting, the People’s Alliance decided to amend its constitution enabling various independent groups to join it in addition to recognized political parties. According to the previous constitution, the SLFP, as the key ally, held 51 percent stake in the People’s Alliance. It is now going to be reduced to 50 percent.

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