Duo preventing SLFP reunification – Jayasekara

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By 2017-12-07

By Rathindra Kuruwita

It is the actions and attitudes of two persons in the Joint Opposition (JO) and the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) that is preventing the reunification of the two Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) factions, co-Cabinet Spokesman Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara said.

"I will reveal the names of these two soon. If these men are successful, they will be responsible for ensuring that the Party will languish in the opposition...... for a long time. I don't know why they want to do this, maybe it's an ego issue or they have a deal with someone else," he said.

Jayasekara added that the SLFP has extended its hand to the Joint Opposition and that most of the seniors of the JO are ready to join hands with the SLFP.

"Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa spent his entire political career with the SLFP and he is willing to work with the SLFP. Most of the leaders of constituent parties of the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) are ready to work with the SLFP. Even Dinesh Gunawardane is ready to work with the UPFA, but it's the actions of a few people that is stopping the party contesting together at the coming Local Government polls," he said.

Jayasekara added that according to the Mixed-member proportional representation (MMP), any party needs to get about 60% of the votes to obtain a majority in a local council. However, since it will be difficult for any single party to achieve this, there will be alliances, he said.

"The party will contest the coming election under the Hand symbol and in some places under the Betel Leaf," he said.

Meanwhile, co-Cabinet Spokesman minister Gayantha Karunathilaka said that the United National Party (UNP) will contest the coming Local Government election under the Elephant symbol and that the party leaders have already met to discuss the strategy.

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