The SLFP will not hesitate to invite Mangala Samaraweera to return to its fold without groping in the dark, Power and Energy Minister W. D. J. Seneviratne said at the opening ceremony of Rural Electrification Scheme at Madahapalakanda in the Kurunegala district recently.
He said since 1952, SLFP stalwarts such as C. P. de Silva, Maithreepala Senanayaka, Anura Bandaranaike, Halim Ishak, T. B. Illangaratne and P. B. G. Kalugalla had crossed over to the SLFP which was formed by late S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike in the teeth of political opposition. The politicians who left the SLFP had later realized the progressive principles of the SLFP and rejoined the party dispelling wrong impressions formed, but some SLFPers had lost their political future.
He said Mangala Samaraweera had been a truly progressive politician who had worked for the SLFP painstakingly and the party would like to ask him to return to the fold. The SLFP was of the view that Mangala Samaraweera was an active politician and in recognition of his services to the party President Mahinda Rajapakse had offered him three of high responsibility.
Minister Samaraweera noted that it was strange that Samaraweera had said that there was no democracy in the SLFP and that the SLFP did not want new political philosophy or doctrine. People were of the opinion that the SLFP was always on the middle path under the `Mahinda Chinthanaya`.
He pointed out that Samaraweera and Siripathy Soorriyaarchchi had started a despicable political activity against the government and their campaigns would not affect the party whatsoever.