Several Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members have decided to contest the Parliament election under the United National Party (UNP) ticket.
So far at least 13 SLFP members have informed President Maithripala Sirisena, the SLFP chairman, that they will be contesting the August 17 election under the UNP elephant symbol.
Among the SLFP members contesting with the UNP are Ministers Rajitha Senaratne, Arjuna Ranatunga and M.K.D.S Gunawardena.
Meanwhile the Jathika Hela Urumaya said that it was also in talks with the UNP and was expected to sign an agreement on contesting under the UNP elephant symbol.
The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) had announced yesterday that it will also be supporting the UNP.
JHU spokesman Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe said that the final agreement between the JHU and UNP was expected to be reached today.
The SLFP members and the JHU will contest with the UNP under a common front with the intention of promoting good governance.
The SLFP members contesting with the UNP had objected to the decision by the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), of which the SLFP is an alliance member, to give nominations to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest the Parliament election.
President Maithripala Sirisena had approved the nomination following pressure from some UPFA political parties and SLFP members. (Colombo Gazette)