The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) said that it will initiate an inquiry against several SLFP members who have agreed to contest the August parliamentary elections with the ruling United National Party (UNP).
An opposition member on the grounds of anonymity said that the SLFP would seek an explanation from the defected members and a party inquiry would be initiated to ascertain if the members could continue under the SLFP membership.
Meanwhile, opposition Leader Nimal Siripala De Silva said that that the SLFP had not been informed of any members joining the UNP to contest the elections, but if proved true, the party would seek an immediate explanation from them. “A due process will follow and an inquiry will be launched against them,” De Silva confirmed.
At least 13 SLFP members informed President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday that they will contest next month’s parliamentary elections under the UNP’s elephant symbol. (Colombo Gazette)