President Chandrika Kumaratunga yesterday gave the go ahead to SLFP Presidential candidate Mahinda Rajapakse to get the support of any faction including the JVP in his campaign for the upcoming Presidential election.
Addressing the much awaited SLFP Central Committee meeting on her return from China the President reiterated her commitment to signing the P-TOMS agreement for which she had put a lot of effort and said she would be sorry if the party decided to veer from that stand.
Ending weeks of speculation, the President also pledged she would not dissolve Parliament prior to the Presidential poll.
President Kumaratunga indicated she did not wish to become the lifetime President of the party but vowed she would continue in the position as long as the party wanted her to do so. The President ruled out any amendments to the SLFP constitution to allow her to become the lifetime President of the party.
The SLFP Central Committee met at President`s House yesterday afternoon prior to tomorrow`s Party convention. Due to the President`s statement the central committee had decided to drop its earlier decision to amend the party constitution to make her the party`s lifetime president. The President also said all campaigning and organization work should be carried out under her guidance.
Later Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse explained in detail the campaign preparations and organizational activities carried out by the party in view of the upcoming Presidential election.