SLFP insists no rift with UPFA, will contest together

anura-priyadarshana-yapa__The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) today insisted that there was no rift with the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and said that they will contest the Parliament election together.

SLFP General Secretary Anura Priyadharshana Yapa said that several rounds of talks were held over the past few days between the SLFP and UPFA partners, and the talks were positive.

He said that the final list of candidates contesting the Parliament election will be finalised over the next few days.

UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayantha said that the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), which had withdrawn from the UPFA this week, had not formally informed the UPFA that it had left the alliance.

Premajayantha also said that while there are some minor issues among the political parties in the UPFA, the issues can be resolved within the alliance.

Meanwhile, Yapa said that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa will contest the August 17 Parliament election under the UPFA ticket.

He denied reports that several conditions had been placed for Rajapaksa to contest the election under the UPFA.

The Parliament elections are being held a few weeks before the UN Human Rights Council meets in Geneva where Sri Lanka will also be discussed.

A report related to human rights abuses committed during the war, especially when Rajapaksa was President, will be discussed at the September session of the Council.

Premajayantha however said that the UPFA is prepared to address the concerns set to be raised at the UN Human Rights Council, if it wins the August election and forms the next Government. (Colombo Gazette)

5 COMMENTS

  1. If Sirisena does not have a brain of an ant, he will not play the stupid game with Rajapaksa. Sirisena has only about 15-20 MPs in his side so in a split all others will join Rajapaksa and Sirisena will be kicked out together with Chandrika. Be careful ‘Pamba Sirisena ‘ will become ‘Gon Sirisena’ if he cannot stay away from irritating Rajapaksa. Once you accept bribe from West, then you have to follow their instructions; and Sirisena is facing the saga now.

    • It is up to the people to decide and cast their votes to a particular candidate. I just can’t understand why the media is giving so much of publicity to a particular person. If he is so bad,why bother,people will reject him.

  2. Yes, it is MS’s mistake to shoulder the burden of MR abused SLFP. If the goons kicked MS out from corrupt SLFP, that would be the fortune befall on MS. As peoples’ verdict is there no one can kick MS out of presidency. His mistake is taking the corrupted party before the nation. It is not too late to leave the MR abused SLFP with even 20 decent politicians within the UPFA fold and form the third force, forcing out MR and clan to imminent defeat.
    Dear MS, even it is better later than never. Group up your silent forces and teach them the lesson that the majority of general public willing to teach.

    SWAN would be the answer

  3. Jayampathy you are talking through your back orifice
    Rajapakse is corrupt,that is the issue that matters
    he should not have been allowed by MS to to contest the elections,dont worry mate the UNP will ramp it home,the so called god and the crème of SLFP would retain their seat including Chandrika,more than half the bloody UPFA are corrupt,weerawansa the biggest crook,Prasanna Ranathunga corrupt,The ape Gamini LOkugamage, very corrupt even abeywardene Yapa is corrupt although he has not been called the fellows knows it well of course there are another 020 to 25 more corrupt UPFA: to be listed

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