The immediate incident has been when Senior Minister on Urban Affairs A.H.M. Fowzie walked away from the SLFP Central Committee meeting held regarding appointment of an organizer for Colombo Central.
According to SLFP internal sources Fowzie, who is the SLFP Organizer for Colombo Central, had said he did not want half of Colombo Central. “If I’m not given the whole electorate, give it to Faizer.” He had said if the party doesn’t want him to say it directly. With this the Central Committee meeting had got heated up.
Mr. Fowzie had been angry when it was discussed to appoint Deputy Minister Faizer Mustapha as another organizer for the electorate.He had said the decision to appoint another organizer to his electorate was a step taken to marginalize him from politics. However, the Central Committee had not responded to Fowzies arguments say sources.
Fowzie said he was one of the most senior members of the SLFP and he had been a minister since 1994. He had left the Central Committee meeting in anger saying he would not accept the post of organizer for Colombo Central.
Secretary General of the SLFP Minister Maithripala Sirisena responding to opposition of ministers to the appointment of electoral organizers had stated it was a decision by the President and he was unable to mediate in any manner.