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SLPP not keen on sharing leadership in alliance with SLFP

ECONOMYNEXT – The ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) is reconsidering the previously mooted co-leadership of the party’s proposed alliance with the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), a party senior said.

SLPP Chairman Prof G L Peris told reporters this morning that a majority of the party membership are of the opinion that the proposed alliance should contest the upcoming parliamentary elections under the SLPP’s pohottuwa (flower bud) symbol given its recognition and strength as a political force.

“Our party leader is Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapksa. The people recognise [the flower bud] symbol. It is a symbol connected to our culture and literature. It is a strength for us politically. We don’t think giving that up is a sensible thing to do,” said Peiris.

The SLFP has not raised any objection to this either, he added.

“The SLFP has said that it is not a major issue. They agree that there is no need for debate or to create problems in this regard,” he said.

Minister Rohitha Abeygunwardana said a party leaders’ meeting will be held regarding the parliamentary election where different suggestions from the alliance’s constituent parties will be welcome.

“The architect of our party is Basil Rajapaksa and the ideal leader is Mahinda Rajapksa,” he said.

“When we form an alliance with another party, we organise a party leaders’ meeting where different suggestions may arise. We can listen to those suggestions and make decisions accordingly,” he added. (Colombo/Feb03/2020)

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