If Mahinda Rajapaksa loves the party, he should support his successor to form an administration with majority power, ‘Mawbima’ quoted Dissanayake as saying.
It was Rajapaksa who sent a letter in a hurry to make president Sirisena the party chairman, who had at the time been temporarily suspended from the party as its general secretary, he observed.
However, even after doing that, he is not allowing the party chairman to run the SLFP, he charged.
Chamal could’ve won
The breakaways did not allow Chamal Rajapaksa to be fielded as the prime ministerial candidate at the last general election, Dissanayake said, adding that he could have secured around 1.2 million votes that the SLFP had lost.
He went onto say that those who break away from the SLFP would have to regain party membership by paying a Rs. 2.00 fee and filling an application, just like what had happened in 1977 after the party lost power.
The SLFP could have won had it joined with the leftist parties, but it had to lose elections 14 times under Sirimavo Bandaranaike, he said.