The Central Committee meeting of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) was in a very decisive and heated condition on Monday (07), confirmed political sources said.
The main reason for this is the split in the SLFP Central Committee and the split is further postponing the decision on which party will be backed in the upcoming presidential race.
Speaking at the yesterday's meeting, former Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva rather loudly and heatedly has said to President Maithripala Sirisena that the SLFP should back the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP).
President Sirisena as the SLFP chairman has been unable to take a decision due to the objections raised by Duminda Dissanayake and his group on the proposition made by the former minister.
Despite Nimal Siripala de Silva's stressing that the Party should back Gotabaya Rajapaksa, presidential candidate of the SLPP, the President has been forced to maintain silence amid strong objections raised with it.
The former minister out of control has blasted before the President, "You have no spine to make a straight decision!"
Shocked, and yet the rest of the group have not changed their stance on not backing the SLPP in the Polls.
Nevertheless, the former minister has emphasized he will be going on his own to the SLPP then.
Accordingly, Nimal Siripala de Silva has stated that if the President does not take a decision this (08) morning, he would call in a press briefing and and join the SLPP, according to sources.
Support obtained from SLFP Badulla Electorate
Meanwhile, Nimal Siripala de Silva has recently called in the SLFP's Badulla Electorate and agreed them to join the SLPP.
He has asked the Badulla Electorate to raise hands if they wish to join the SLPP, to which a positive response has been received, according to reports.
He has told his supporters that he would go to Colombo and inform the Party's Central Committee, that his own electorate stands with him.
Nimal Siripala's temptation
Nimal Siripala de Silva has been trying so hard to get to the SLPP because of a hope seeded in the bottom of his mind, those who know of his secrets said.
Nimal Siripala de Silva intends to return to Parliament at least one last time from a general election, they said.
It is said that he is working hard to secure a parliamentary seat as he is well aware he will lose the opportunity by supporting the UNP.