United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) General Secretary Susil Premajayantha is to meet President Maithripala Sirisena to discuss the nominations list of the UPFA for the Parliament elections.
Sources told the Colombo Gazette that senior Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members may also attend the meeting expected to take place tonight and the issue over handing nominations to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa will also be discussed.
Earlier this afternoon a meeting took place between Premajayantha and UPFA members supporting former President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the UPFA nominations for the election and on moves by President Sirisena to reverse his earlier decision to give Rajapaksa nominations to contest the Parliament election.
At the meeting Premajayantha was told of some concerns over the UPFA nominations selection process and the next step in the event President Sirisena formally announces Rajapaksa will not be given nominations from the UPFA.
The UPFA had last week announced that the President had agreed to give nominations to Rajapaksa. However several Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members had opposed the move.
Sources close to Rajapaksa said that he is prepared to contest from another party if the UPFA does not give him nominations. (Colombo Gazette)
Report by Ashanthi Warunasuriya