Nov 08, 2018

Dilemma over how to contest – under UPFA or SLPP? Featured

Leaders in the government continued their dialogue yesterday (07) how they will contest a sudden election – under the UPFA or the SLPP, say political sources.

There has been speculation that parliament is going to be dissolved for a general election.

SLFP MPs are concerned by a remark by SLPP secretary Sagara Kariyawasam they will contest elections under the ‘flower bud’ symbol only.

Sidelined at public rally


They are also worried by that their colleagues being sidelined at the public rally at the parliament roundabout on November 05.

UPFA general secretary Mahinda Amaraweera was due to make a speech, but a SLPP leader denied him the opportunity, saying it was a rally of their party.

In the end, not only Amaraweera, but also SLFP general secretary Prof. Rohana Lakshman Piyadasa, national organizer Duminda Dissanayake and other supporters of president Maithripala Sirisena were not among the speakers.

Instead, Pavithra Wannniarachchi, Wimal Weerawansa, Rohitha Abeygunawardena and Udaya Gammanpila delivered speeches.

On the day of the rally, a poster, cutout and banner campaign showing pictures only of prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his family members was carried out in the Kotte area, while digital displays of the 20 feet by 10 feet size were erected at several locations.

Participants also referred to Mahinda’s force only, and president Sirisena was ignored.

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Meanwhile, SLFP MPs who supported the previous government have met UPFA general secretary Amaraweera and SLFP national organizer Dissanayake and explained to them about their plight.

They wanted to know what guarantee could be given to SLFP organizers and people’s representatives under the new government.

If a general election is announced, the SLFP ministers will have to contest under the SLPP, and even if they are given nominations, there could be plans to defeat them, they also said.

Meanwhile, Basil Rajapaksa’s media unit has released a picture to the social media that shows UPFA general secretary Amaraweera bowing to PM Rajapaksa.

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