UPFA members say Maithri cannot decide

DSCN1486A group of members of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) today said that President Maithripala Sirisena cannot decide on his own on who gets nominations for the Parliament elections.

UPFA member of parliament Vasudeva Nanayakkara said that the UPFA Executive Committee will decide who the Prime Ministerial candidate of the UPFA will be at the next Parliament elections.

President Maithripala Sirisena had said that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa will not be given nominations to contest the polls as the Prime Ministerial candidate.

However Nanayakkara said that the UPFA will do what it can to ensure Rajapaksa is nominated as the Prime Ministerial candidate.

“The right to decide is not with the President as the UPFA Chairman but the UPFA Executive Committee,” he said.

Nanayakkara said that the Prime Ministerial candidate will be decided based on a majority vote of the UPFA Executive Committee.

Meanwhile, Nanayakkara also said that a no-confidence motion on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe must be given priority.

He said that several UPFA members will push for the vote on the no-confidence motion to be given priority over the 20th Amendment to the constitution.

Nanayakkara noted that the future of a Government depends on the outcome of the no-confidence motion and so on that basis it should be given priority.

UPFA member Wimal Weerawansa said that the no-confidence motion on the Prime Minister will be submitted to Parliament on June 9 while another one on Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake will be submitted on June 3. (Colombo Gazette)

Report and pic by Waruni Karunarathne


  1. Naaki-Naatu-Pisso-nothing to do-Living on no-confidence motion-As it is they are not sure of their own seats!

  2. yes. maithree cant decide! But Vasu, Dinesh and Thakkadi Weerawansa can decide! What is SLFP ers position on this? “Horu wenuwen Horu”? It was very clear even before the election on january 08 th when maithree and Chandrika both said ” NO” to all those who oppose the change. There is no “UPFA” when there is no “SLFP” . When there is no Bandaranayake’s there is no “SLFP”. Vasu , Dinesh and others can do nothing other than cry foul. They cant even gather 1000 people for anything. They haven’t done anything in 1994 for a change. They haven’t done anything in 2015 either. Now people know who are the real traitors. I challenge you, Bring MR if you can ! And see the results!

  3. This is a valid point. Sirisena is not a real SLFPer now as he married UNP wife. The children are neither UNP nor SLFP. Sirisena-Chandrika Clan is like poison to SLFP as their prime intention is “Taking revenge” from their own members and it is gone out of control.

    • When a Buddhist marry a catholic or christian women will that person become non buddhist ? If someone marries a forign lady is he becomes a non sri lankan? Then MR is non Buddhist and cry foul for Buddhism? ( because it is a legal marriage) But MS has no legal obligation for anything! Also when MR sign a agreement with UNP in 2006. Did anyone said he is not “SLFP” anymore? All these are onbly for the power hungry tactics. MR has no other intensions! He will learn a lesson from his own greed!

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