Sajith Premadasa Ousts Dallas Alahapperuma from SJB Alliance, Sparks Leadership Controversy

-By A Special Correspondent

(Lanka-e-News -01.Jan.2024, 11.10 PM) The political landscape in Sri Lanka is undergoing seismic shifts as Sajith Premadasa, leader of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB), takes a controversial step by sidelining prominent figure Dallas Alahapperuma from the party alliance. The move is seen as an attempt to consolidate power and protect Premadasa's leadership position as the 2024 Presidential elections loom large.

Leadership Tensions within the SJB

Sources within the party reveal that Dallas Alahapperuma, leader of the Free People’s Assembly and a representative of Professor G.L. Peiris, sought the position of deputy leader within the SJB alliance. This demand, however, met resistance from a majority of SJB members, who reportedly favor figures such as Laxman Kiriella, Ranjith Maddumabandara, and Tissa Attanayake for the role.

SJB's Popularity Struggles

The controversial decision comes at a time when the SJB faces challenges in garnering popular support. Critics argue that the party's leadership, particularly Sajith Premadasa's one-man approach, has failed to address pressing issues with practical solutions. The lack of resonance with voters has cast a shadow over the party's prospects in the upcoming presidential elections.

G.L. Peiris and the Opposition Force

Member of Parliament Professor G.L. Peiris, a prominent figure in Sri Lankan politics, has expressed his intention to collaborate with the Samagi Jana Balawegaya to build a broader opposition force. Peiris emphasizes the need to protect the public from what he deems "extremely dangerous economic policies." However, the internal dynamics of the SJB appear to be complicating these collaborative efforts.

Dallas Alahapperuma's Conditions for Joining SJB

Alahapperuma's demand to be appointed as the deputy leader to join the SJB alliance adds a new layer of complexity. While reports suggest that this condition has not found favor with the majority of SJB members, the exact nature of the disagreement remains unclear.

Premadasa's Decision on G.L. Peiris

Amidst the internal strife, a crucial development emerges as Professor G.L. Peiris reportedly decides to align with the Samagi Jana Balawegaya, along with a group of MPs. The agreement is said to include the promise of the Prime Minister's candidacy, signaling a significant shift in political alliances.

The Road Ahead

As the political landscape continues to evolve, the ousting of Dallas Alahapperuma and the alignment with G.L. Peiris raise questions about the internal cohesion and strategic direction of the SJB. The party's ability to address these challenges will play a pivotal role in determining its success in the upcoming 2024 Presidential elections.

In the midst of these political maneuvers, Sri Lankan citizens are left to ponder the implications of these developments on the nation's governance and the future direction of the opposition forces. The 2024 elections are now poised to become a watershed moment in the country's political trajectory.

-By A Special Correspondent

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