Sajith's Veiled Threat to Fonseka? Opp. Leader Warns Against Criticism of Party Decisions, Amidst Controversy Over Ex-Army Chief Daya Ratnayake's Role

February 04, 2024

Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa has issued a stark warning, indicating that individuals who openly criticize the decisions of the party's Working Committee will be subject to disciplinary actions, regardless of their positions within the party. Premadasa's statement comes amidst a backdrop of internal strife and controversy within the party, particularly following recent remarks made by Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka.

Fonseka, a prominent figure within the party, publicly criticized the decision of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) to involve Former Army Commander Daya Ratnayake in the party's affairs. Ratnayake, who was once a close supporter of the Rajapaksas, was appointed to a senior position within the SJB, a move that drew sharp rebuke from Fonseka.

Premadasa's warning, delivered soon after Fonseka's remarks, could be interpreted as a direct response to the former Army Chief's criticism. By emphasizing the need for unity and collective effort in building the party, Premadasa implicitly cautioned against dissent and public disapproval of party decisions.

The controversy surrounding Ratnayake's involvement in the SJB has highlighted tensions within the party and raised questions about its internal dynamics. Fonseka's outspoken criticism of both Ratnayake and the party's decision-making processes has underscored divisions within the ranks, prompting Premadasa to take a decisive stance on the matter.