Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga on Tuesday admitted that there had been a breakdown in party discipline in the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and suggested a “clean break” from the Joint Opposition led by her successor Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The Joint Opposition was not a “huge threat” to the future of the SLFP, Kumaratunga told Foreign Correspondents at the ONUR office this week, even though some party members were concerned that the JO would “gobble” the party up.
The former President said that SLFP unity had been “temporarily” broken, accusing ex-President Rajapaksa of orchestrating the split. “The same gentleman who is leading the SLFP split now, split the party twice before,” Kumaratunga asserted.
There had been a breakdown in party discipline with SLFP members making diverse statements on party policy, she said, adding “I have sacked many people for much less.”
Kumaratunga said she was convinced could go it alone politically without the Joint Opposition. “In the history of elections in Sri Lanka, a third force has never been successful,” she analysed.
The SLFP should break with “crooks and murderers” and go it alone, Kumaratunga said.
Every time we have gone to the people, they have come with us. With a strong campaign, the people will come with us again, the former President said. “I am confident of that.” (DB)