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SLPP and SLFP to form alliance

Rohana Lakshman claims both parties agreed in principle to form alliance

Confounding pundits who said this was impossible the SLFP and the SLPP have agreed to form a broad anti-UNP alliance to face future elections after meeting in Colombo on Thursday.

Prof. Rohana Lakshman Piyadasa the former SLFP General Secretary who represented his party at the talks said that further discussions will be held on the 21st of March.

He said that the two parties “have reached a understanding in principle that they would form a broad anti-UNP front.”

He said that there was no discussion about facing a particular election but “whether it is the Presidential, Provincial Council or any future elections, we will fight them together,” he said.

On Wednesday the National Organiser of the SLPP Basil Rajapaksa told reporters his party was going into the discussion “with an open mind.”

With regards to a future Presidential election Rajapaksa was quoted as saying that the candidate at the poll would be chosen by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the party would endorse him or her.

The SLPP which was formed to contest the Local Government elections held early last year won a landslide victory in that poll. It drew heavily on the leadership of the SLFP to form its cadre and beat the older party into a distant third place.

The speculation in the past few months has been that the SLPP would like to dominate the alliance and seek to impose a candidate of its choice on a future alliance at Presidential polls due later in the year.