ECNONOMYNEXT – The Mahinda Rajapaksa-led Sri Lanka Podujana Nidahas Sandhanaya (SLPNS) leaders met Tuesday night at Temple Trees and formally accepted the proposal to contest the upcoming Parliamentary General elections under the Pohottuwa symbol, a statement released by the Prime Minister’s office said.
The alliance leaders also discussed the possibility of alliance member parties contesting seats in the North and East separately, although the details of this proposal was not clear.
The discussion centred on the mechanics of setting up a Nomination Board and it was decided to expedite this matter.
Parliament is likely to be dissolved by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on March 3, and the elections will be held in the last week of April.
It was the same alliance that backed the candidature of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in November last year. Rajapaksa won handily beating his rival Sajith Premadasa by more than a million votes.
The party did extremely well in the Sinhala-majority areas of the country but lost in the North and East.
The meeting was attended by two ex-Presidents, Mahinda Rajapaksa and Maithripala Sirisena. The other parties were represented by Dinesh Gunewardena, Nimal Siripala de Silva, G L Peiris, Douglas Devananda, Arumugam Thondaman, Dullas Alahapperuma, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Athureliye Ratana Thero, Dew Gunesekara, Tissa Vitarana, Mahinda Amaraweera, C B Ratnayake, Raja Collure, Mahinda Yapa Abeywardene, Gamini Lokuge, Pavitra Wanniarachchi, Asanka Navaratne, S M Chandrasena and Dayasiri Jayasekara. (Colombo, February 19, 2020)