The United National Party (UNP) today said that it was in talks with former parliamentarians from the opposition in order to obtain their support ahead of the parliamentary elections scheduled to be held next month.
Former UNP parliamentarian and Minister of Public Order John Amaratunga said that the party was in discussion with 8 to 10 parliamentarians from the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and a decision was expected to be finalized within the next two days.
If talks end positively, the UNP and the defected UPFA group will contest the August 17 parliamentary elections under a broad coalition.
The UNP has also kept its nominations open in Colombo, Gampaha and Kalutara pending the outcome of the ongoing negotiations with the opposition members.
Some UPFA members had decided to contest with the UNP after President Maithripala Sirisena handed over nominations to former President Mahinda Rajapakse to contest the polls under the UPFA banner. (Colombo Gazette)