National Freedom Front (NFF) leader and Minister Wimal Weerawansa today accused former President Chandrika Kumaratunga of attempting to split the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and topple the government.
He said that Kumaratunga is looking at bringing her son Vimukthi into politics and is using some members of the government to fulfill her goal.
Weerawansa said that some political parties and groups, who had completely opposed the 13th Amendment to the constitution, were now taking a middle stand.
He said that the TNA, UNP and leftist parties in the government are backing the 13th Amendment to the constitution while the JVP is the only political party completely opposing it.
Weerawansa said that the government members who had once worked with Kumaratunga were now opposing any changes being made to the 13th Amendment mainly to fulfill the goal of Kumaratunga to bring her son into politics.
He said that these very members in the government had at one time opposed giving land and police powers to the provinces but have now taken a different stand.
“After 2005 the SLFP had moved away from the federal stand and backed a unitary state policy. But now Chandrika is trying to split the SLFP by using her group. These people are really not fighting for the 13th Amendment but another agenda,” he said.
Weerawansa urged President Mahinda Rajapaksa to go ahead with plans to remove the land and police powers in the 13th Amendment instead of giving into the pressure coming from within the government.