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SLFP-SLPP agreement: Focus on contradictory statements

By Skandha Gunasekara

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) charged that Minister of Tourism and Aviation Prasanna Ranatunga was misleading the people by claiming the agreement the party has with the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) was invalid.

SLFP General Secretary and former parliamentarian Dayasiri Jayasekara told The Morning that Ranatunga was an uneducated individual making baseless allegations.

“Ranatunga has passed Grade 8. He has no education. He has no knowledge of contract law and he’s talking nonsense,” Jayasekara said.

He said that the agreement signed between the SLFP and the SLPP prior to the 2019 Presidential Election is still valid.

“That agreement will stand continuously. It didn’t expire after the last presidential election and it won’t expire after the upcoming parliamentary election either,” Jayasekara said.

Meanwhile, SLPP General Secretary Sagara Kariyawasam said that another agreement had been signed between the two groups earlier this year.

“Another alliance agreement was signed with the SLFP this year in lieu of the forthcoming general election,” he said.

Addressing a political meeting a few days ago in Beliatta, Ranatunga claimed that the agreement