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FROM THE CHAIR- Tata Engineering and Locomotive Co Ltd-Statement of the Chairman, Mr S Moolgaokar

with the threatened opposition-led civil disobedience movement on April 21. Politically, the ruling united front of the Communist Party (CP), Lanka Sama Samaj Party (LSSP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) is in great disarray. Along with the dissensions in the united front, each one of its constituent parties is ridden with deep internal divisions. Even Sirimavo Ban- daranaike's SLFP is heading towards an open left-right' division. The entry ol Sirimavo Bandaranaike's daughter and son-in-law, Sunethra and Kumara Ru- pasinghe, into the thick of Sri Lanka's polities in 1972 initiated and activised such a division in the SLEP. They are alleged to have mobilised the'left' and the 'young' within the party under their leadership. Furthermore, early this year, the opposition, led by the United National Party chief, J R Jaye- wardena. warned the nation through a calling attention motion in parliament, that a military coup was in the oiling. He alleged that the aim of the coup was to demolish Sri Lanka's democratic structure and establish a dictatorship under Sirimavo Bandaranaike's nominal leadership. Indirect accusations were made about Sunethra and Kumara Rupasiaghe being the authors of the coup plan, It is not without significance that some of the 'rightist' SLFP MPs quietly sympathised with the opposition's attack on the government in general and Sirimavo Bandaranaike in particular.

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