Broad operation to intimidate MPs wanting to leave SLPP!
Several websites reported this (17) afternoon that President Ranil Wickremesinghe has telephoned National Organiser of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Basil Rajapaksa yesterday to enter a pact in order to contest the upcoming General Election together. The reports further claimed that the two agreed that anyone criticising the United National Party (UNP) or leaving the Party will not be given nominations from the SLPP, and anyone criticising the SLPP or leaving it will not be given nominations from the UNP either.
These reports came in after a well known local English newspaper claimed this morning that about 40 MPs and Ministers of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) are preparing to leave the Party to become independent towards the goal of a new political journey and are prepping themselves to extend support to President Ranil Wickremesinghe, indicating that the latter may have been a planted story to intimidate those wanting to leave the Ruling Party.
Nonetheless, a number of internal conflicts have occurred within the SLPP as of the present, according to political sources.