SJB invites Mangala to settle differences and rejoin party

The Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) today invited former Minister Mangala Samaraweera to rejoin the party.

SJB Working Committee member Rehan Jayawickrama questioned some of the comments made by Samaraweera with regards to the opposition recently.

Jayawickrama insisted that the opposition is not weak and that it was taking on the Government, which he termed as a junta.

He said that Samaraweera should stop giving ammunition to the Government and istead support the common goal of the opposition.

Jayawickrama also called on Samaraweera to rejoin the SJB and work with party leader Sajith Premadasa.

Samaraweera had supported Premadasa prior to the last presidential election but later stepped down from active politics.

Recently Samaraweera spearheaded the launch of an apolitical movement called the ‘Radical Centre’ by a group of multifaceted multi-ethnic youth calling themselves true patriots.

Speaking at the launch Samaraweera was quoted as saying that the present Opposition has failed as it has gone beyond ‘Sir’ in proposing an ideology containing racism and majoritarianism as a solution.

He also said that not only ‘Sir’ but even ‘Sa’ has failed.

I have to regret your kind invitation – Mangala

I decided to come into active politics in 1988 from the SLFP – which I felt was the most ‘liberal’ political party at the time (despite some of its dubious past policies especially in 1956 and 1970)- in the face of extra-judicial killings carried out by killer squads in the south from both ends of the divide.

In 1994, the country elected Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, the most liberal minded President so far and in 2005, I actively participated in Mahinda Rajapaksa‘s campaign believing that he would continue with the earlier policies.

When I was sacked from the Cabinet in 2007 and then invited to rejoin the government several times, I regretted all such invitations because the new SLFP under MR was taking the country in a direction my conscience nor my political beliefs could possibly endorse as with the SJB today.

Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna and Samagi Jana Balawegaya are two sides of the same coin.

Our country is desperately gasping for a total u-turn in its policy direction.

Thank you, Rehan but I have to regret your kind invitation; fondest regards to your leader. LNN Staff

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