Nov 30, 2017

5 JO MPs to join SLFP; 2018 to end Mahinda’s journey! Featured

Five MPs in the joint opposition are to ally with the SLFP within days to protest Basil and Namal Rajapaksa, who had gone against the JO wish to unite with the SLFP to challenge the UNP at the upcoming election for local government institutions, says a top SLFP activist.

The activist told Sri Lanka Mirror that their talks with the JO collapsed due to pressure by the ‘Carlton gang’ although a majority in the JO tried to unite the two sides.

To protest this gang’s conspiracy to give advantages to the UNP, a group from the Wimal Weerawansa’s NFF too, will join the SLFP, he said.

This group has had telephone conversations with president Maithripala Sirisena, who is presently touring South Korea, and is due to meet him once he returns tomorrow (01).

The top SLFP activist also said Mahinda Rajapaksa will end his political journey by contesting the 2018 LG polls under the ‘flower bud’ symbol, after losing the presidency and the party leadership in 2015 due to the shortsightedness of Basil and Namal.

'JO was not honest at talks'

Meanwhile, UPFA general secretary Mahinda Amaraweera has told BBC Sinhala Service that they would not ally with the JO to contest the polls due in January.

He accused the JO representatives of being dishonest and sabotaged the talks aimed at reaching a consensus.

He added that there was no intention to contest any election along with the UNP although the two sides have formed a national government.

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'Ready to defeat all conspiracies'

The SLFP has finished preparing its all nominations to contest the LG polls, said its general secretary Duminda Dissanayake.

He said the party would most likely contest the polls under its ‘hand’ symbol.

However, doors are still open for parties wishing to contest along with the SLFP, said Dissanayake.

No SLFPer wants to join any other party or group, he stressed.

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