Businessman turned Presidential Candidate Rohan Pallewatte is in discussions with the National People’s Movement led by Anura Kumara Dissanayake to form a joint platform.
Pallewatte who is the candidate for the Abhiman Lanka front, told RepublicNext today that “discussions are going on, but there is no final decision.”
He said that he has had several discussions with the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna leader.
“When you are a candidate you belong to the people who proposed your candidacy, you can’t take an individual decision, it has to be a group decision,” he said.
“We stand for principled politics and not popular politics, irrespective of what we may poll at an election, we should go ahead and contest,” he added.
Dissanayake’s front is led by the formerly ultra-left revolutionary JVP which led two insurrections against the state, but has become more middle-of-the-road in the last two decades.
This time around it has downplayed its Marxist roots and sought to build a progressive coalition. A number of Civil Society groups from around the country have joined the NPM as have the “Old Left” and independent Trade Unions.
Pallewatte is a leading businessman and conservative in economic terms.