Vasu says attempt to unify UPFA futile

VasudevaGeneral Secretary of the Democratic Left Front and United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) member Vasudeva Nanayakkara says talks held with President Maithripala Sirisena this evening, in an attempt to unify the alliance, ended in failure.

He said that a proposal was put forward for a common list of candidates for the August 17 election to be agreed on, which will include UPFA members supporting and against former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The proposal was that the common list of UPFA candidates be headed by Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Parliament election.

However Vasudeva Nanayakkara said that President Sirisena had refused to agree to the proposal so the talks were completely futile.

President Maithripala Sirisena had refused to give former President Mahinda Rajapaksa nominations from the UPFA to contest the upcoming Parliament elections.

The decision paves the way for a major split in the UPFA which will see several Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members joining Rajapaksa to contest the polls.

The SLFP, which is part of the UPFA, and UPFA party leaders had key talks with President Maithripala Sirisena today.

At the meeting a decision was to be taken with regards to giving nominations to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest the August 17 Parliament elections.

At the meeting the President has said that he, as chairman of the SLFP and UPFA, will not give nominations to Rajapaksa. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. What is important to Sri Lanka? A dishonest president like Sirisena who has hidden agendas for his survival and not considering party. Or a leader with a courage to bring development to country? I think all Mahinda supporters should get together to unite Sri Lanka again. Vasu should join those patriots.

    • “Mahinda supporters should get together”

      Where’s the queue? I am the biggest patriot, I want to join.

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