UNP accuses Sri Lankan Opposition Leader of violating SLFP constitution

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - UNP Chairman, Minister Kabir Hashim accuses Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa of violating the SLFP constitution by taking over the leadership of the SLPP.

Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa has violated the Constitution of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) by taking over the leadership of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) and the Constitution of the country by fielding a US citizen as the party’s presidential candidate, Chairman of the United National Party (UNP), Minister Kabir Hashim said yesterday.

Hashim said in a media statement: "Mahinda Rajapaksa was elected to Parliament from the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA). He is a member of the SLFP. But he formed the SLPP with his brothers and became its leader on Sunday. How can we expect this man, who violated his party’s Constitution, to respect the rule of law? He also fielded his brother, a citizen of the US and a man who is the respondent in number of cases heard in courts. This is against the law and he is misleading the people.

Hashim said: "The UNP, which is the oldest political party in Sri Lanka, will select its Presidential candidate in a democratic manner soon. We will announce our candidate soon.

"The UNP will field a candidate who is patriotic and respected by all citizens. He will also ensure that the national security of the country is ensured. Our candidate would be someone who knows the pulse of the poor."

Hashim supports Minister Sajith Premadasa in his bid to win the party’s presidential nomination.

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