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Sirisena takes feud with Rajapaksa to court

Sirisena takes feud with Rajapaksa to court

COLOMBO: Continuing his feud with his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lankan President Maithr­ipala Sirisena on Wednesday stalled a meeting of the central committee of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) called by its general secretary, a Rajapaksa loyalist.

The committee was to meet late in the evening on Wednesday, but Sirisena got one of its members to file a petition in the Colombo Dis­trict Court asking it to stay the meeting on the gro­und that the committee cannot be convened without the pe­r­mission of the party’s chairman, the President himself.

The court ruled in favour of the petitioner and stayed the meeting.

Earlier in the day, the central committee of the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA), of which SLFP is the main component, declared that Rajapaksa would lead its election campaign. Mr Rajapaksa also took part in the discussions, unfa­zed by the frontal attack Pre­sident Sirisena had made against him only a day earlier.

When the media asked him to comment on Sirisena’s prediction that he would lose the parliamentary elections just as he lost the presidential race in January this year, Rajapaksa smiled and said: “ We’ll see on Aug 17.”

Parliamentary elections are to be held on that day.

Published in Dawn, July 16th, 2015

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