UNF allies running out of patience with UNP – Mano
The leader of the Democratic People’s Front (DPF) Mano Ganesan says the patience of the alliance partners of the United National Front (UNF) is wearing thin because the United National Party can’t make up its mind about its Presidential Candidate.
“We have agreed to allow them to choose the candidate, but they are taking too long,” Ganesan whose vote base is among minorities in the Colombo urban areas told RepublicNext.
The UNF partners decided to support any candidate that the UNP chooses because in the past two presidential elections a member of another party or independent had been chosen to lead.
But not being able to name the candidate and take the campaign on the road has been frustrating for the partners he said.
The party to beat in this election, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna is first off the blocks, naming the former Secretary to the Ministry of Defense Gotabaya Rajapaksa as its candidate. Rajapaksa has been touring places of worship across the island last week.
On Sunday the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna-led national People’s Power coalition named Parliamentarian and JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake as its nominee and launched its own campaign.
The UNP, however, is locked in a struggle between efforts by many members to name Housing Minister Sajith Premadasa as its candidate and party leader and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who is resisting the push.
“It is not only the smaller parties that are becoming impatient, but even some of the members of the UNP are also unhappy about the delays that are taking place,” he said.
He warned that if there are further delays and if “they keep dragging this issue we will have to look elsewhere” for alliances.
Ganesan also denies that he is supporting the JVP’s Dissanayake after a tweet he sent about the NPP candidate was interpreted as tacit support. “I only wished him well,” Ganesan told RepublicNext.