President will be backed despite odds on SLFP, says Mahinda Amaraweera

President will be backed despite odds on SLFP, says Mahinda Amaraweera

3 December 2019 08:33 am

Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) deputy chairman Mahinda Amaraweera said he does not view the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna's (SLPP) decision to contest the forthcoming general election under the lotus bud aka Pohottu symbol as a serious issue and he is not ready for a clash with the party over the matter.

"These can be solved by discussion. We do not view them as serious matters. Neither we nor the SLFP intend to clash over the matter," he said.

"We will continue our future organizing affairs. We have no intention to continue them with a conflict. Because the current President has brought forward a clear vision to develop the country. All other parties, including the SLFP, will continue to support him, no hindrance," commenting on the future progress of the SLFP Amaraweera said. 

However, SLFP activists from the grassroots view that if the SLFP and the SLPP contest in the general election at a coalition, it should be done in a manner that the party's identity is secured. Contesting under the Pohottu symbol may fuel decimation of the SLFP before the SLPP, they viewed, pointing out that the SLFP would be of no difference than a typical leftist party limited to a mere name board, if that is the case.