cannot betray SLFP policies: Anura
By Ashoka Jayatunga
Foreign Minister Anura Bandaranaike says Prime Minister Mahinda
Rajapakse is a member of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and
he must adhere to the policies of the party instead of those of
are conflicting views coming out during our campaign for the upcoming
presidential election and everyone is aware of this. My views are
the views of the SLFP. Mahinda’s views too invariably have
to be the same. He is an SLFP member and an SLFP MP,” Mr.Bandaranaike
said in an interview with our sister paper Sunday Lankadeepa.
Bandaranaike, who is also the SLFP’s Prime Ministerial candidate
but had not spoken at any campaign rally till yesterday, said Mr.
Rajpakse was nominated by the party’s central committee and
he had later linked up with the JHU, the JVP and other parties.
charged that he had been kept in the dark about the two agreements.
“Mahinda called me around 9 that morning (the day the agreement
was signed between Mr. Rajapakse and the JVP) and asked me to come
to Temple Trees at 10 a.m. I went with Dinesh Gunawardena. I did
not know till then that he was to sign a pact with the JVP even
though I am the Senior Vice President of the SLFP and its Prime
Ministerial candidate,” he said.
for the pact with the JHU, Mr. Bandaranake said he was unaware of
it as well and neither did he want to know of it. He was out of
the country when the pact was signed.
Bandaranaike said whoever had alliances with the SLFP, priority
would be given to SLFP policies. “They can keep their polices
to themselves. We cannot allow them to impose their ideas wholesale
on the country and people and disrupt everything. Running a country
is not as easy as shouting hoarse from an election platform,”