The United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) have invited the Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA) to join them and contest the next Parliament election.
However the new alliance, which consists of the Democratic People’s Front led by Mano Ganeshan, National Union of Workers led by Palani Digambaran and Up-country People’s Front led by V. Radhakrishnan, says it has not decided if it will work with the UNP or SLFP or contest the next polls alone.
Ganeshan said that while the TPA will contest the Parliament elections, it was not formed purely on the basis of contesting an election.
“We have not decided on how we will contest the Parliament election. It is too early to decide since an election has not been called for,” he said.
Ganeshan said that since the members of the TPA have worked closely with the UNP that may have led to news reports that they will work together at the next polls, but officially no such decision has been taken.
Ganeshan also said that the TPA does not see a threat to it from the Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) as in his view the CWC has lost support in the estate community. (Colombo Gazette)