Fonseka to hold first May Day rally

The Democratic Party led by former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka wil hold its first May Day rally tomorrow, the party said in a statement.

The rally is to be held at the Budhadasa grounds in Pellaweatte, Battaramulla tomorrow afternoon.

This is the first May Day of the party which was officially registered as a political party recently.

The Department of Elections had registered the new political party of former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka at the beginning of this month.

The flaming torch is the symbol associated with the party at future elections.

Former elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake had rejected the application filed by Fonseka to register his party.

However Fonseka challenged the move by filing a petition at the Human Rights Commission in Sri Lanka.

He then submitted a fresh application to the current Elections commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya to register his party.

Last year two key members of his party, Tiran Alles and Arjuna Ranathunga, resigned following differences of opinion with Fonseka.

As Commander of the Army, Fonseka played an integral role in ending the war in Sri Lanka in 2009 by defeating the LTTE.

He also survived an assassination attempt when an LTTE suicide bomber attacked his motorcade in April 2006.

Following the end of the war Fonseka was promoted to a four star rank in the Sri Lanka Army, becoming the first serving officer to hold a four star rank.

Fonseka contested under a common opposition during the 2010 Presidential elections, but lost to President Mahinda Rajapaksa.