Minister of Provincial Councils Faiszer Musthapha said on Thursday that whoever attempts to sabotage the leadership of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) will be 'cursed'.
Addressing the media at the SLFP Headquarters, Musthapha said: "We know there have been several issues where some people have developed a resentment towards the leader of the SLFP. However, we have never seen a situation in which anyone has tried to sabotage the leader and the party. They handed over the leadership of the Party to President Maithripala Sirisena and then some individuals turn around and try to sabotage him."
"The SLFP cannot be challenged and it makes no difference whether you create flower buds or anything else to form another party.
This party was founded by the five forces and it represents the poor. Thus, the majority of the people will curse those who attempt sabotage. Some have tried to break away and create their own parties. But these people always come back to the party, and these individuals who once sat in the front rows everywhere will now take a backseat because they have essentially lost their worth," he said.
"This party does not belong to Mahinda Rajapaksa or Sirisena or Chandrika Kumaratunga. It belongs to the party members," he said, adding that "It is natural to be upset over leadership changes, but do not destroy the party over such issues."
He added that the SLFP's 66th Anniversary will be celebrated at Campbell Park on 2 September 2017. "So let's put our differences aside and come celebrate this day with us," he said. (Ceylon Today)