SLFP To Take Tough Action Against 'Joint Opposition' MPs Backing Rajapaksa

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party is to take strong action against its MPs playing a key role in the 'Joint Opposition', formed by UPFA dissidents, party sources said.

They said that the party was considering the removal of such MPs from electorate organiser positions they are currently holding in the party. Accordingly, disciplinary action has already been considered against some SLFP MPs.

Several joint opposition MPs are functioning as electorate organizers of the SLFP while holding senior party positions. Some of the 'joint opposition' MPs however were removed from the party Central Committee by President Sirisena soon after the last Parliamentary election. 

The joint opposition was a mechanism they adopted to back the political campaign of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, deviating from President Sirisena's policies. 

The 'Joint Opposition' has already declared its intention of contesting the upcoming Local Government Elections separately. President Maithripala Sirisena has decided to postpone the election, in an apparent attempt to resolve the power struggle within the SLFP.

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