Dec 09, 2017

I did not talk about an SLFP union with Maithri - Mahinda

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said many would have speculated that President Maithripala and himself had spoken about uniting the SLFP, having seen photos of them together published in the media, but he said they only only spoke about another wedding.

He said this in response to questions being posed to him asking if he and the President had spoken about uniting the SLFP and the JO when they met each other at the wedding of Minister Lakshman Yapa’s son.

Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena’s son and former politician Janaka Mallimarachchi’s daughter wed last Thursday, while the current and former President were there to sign as witnesses representing both parties.

During the ceremony, President Sirisena and former President Rajapaksa were seen in cordial conversation. Expressing his views further, Rajapaksa said, “We made it a point not to talk about the SLFP union. But, some may have speculated that we discussed the merger of the SLFP and JO. Well, people can speculate having seen photos of us together,” he said.