Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) front liner Basil Rajapaksa said yesterday they would contest the upcoming Local Government election as a broad alliance with other political parties and would secure more than 200 Pradeshiya Sabhas.
He told a news conference that there were around 170 Pradeshiya Sabhas in the electorates they had won during the last Presidential and General elections and added that it could be increased up to 200 at the next LG polls.
He said several political parties had agreed to contest the upcoming election as an alliance with the Podujana Peramuna and added that final decision had not been taken on the matter as yet.
“We would align with the parties in the joint opposition and several other parties. We have also discussed with Northern Tamil parties which are against Tamil National Alliance (TNA). We have not decided whether to contest under a common symbol or as a front just as how the UNP contested at the last general election or under different symbols,” he said.
He said however, they had agreed on several key matters including those of contesting the election campaign on a common manifesto and under the leadership of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Mr. Rajapaksa said they would launch their election campaign considering it as a referendum against the government on its anti-democratic actions, economic crisis, mounting cost of living, selling of state resources, crippling of village level development, non-generation of employments and matters related to the Constitution.
He said they appreciated the government’s move to increase women representation at the LG polls and added that they would field more youth for the election whereas the government acted to decrease the quota for the youth.
He said more than 500 contestants of the SLPP had deprived of their rights to contest the LG polls due to the amendment brought by the government preventing field officers contesting the election.
When asked about the Constitution, he said they completely rejected the proposed Constitution and added that it was clear that it was being done with an ulterior motive.
“This Constitution may lead to disharmony, division of the country and economic debacle,” he said. (Ajith Siriwardana)
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AjithZ Friday, 13 October 2017 06:57
You are sadly mistaken. You are going to split SLFP vote and that will help UNP. Positive that UNP will be the winner. Unfortunately it appears that you don't realise that.
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Voter Friday, 13 October 2017 07:34
Good, good. Is Trump also helping you al!!?
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Dinesh Friday, 13 October 2017 07:38
This will be a strong possibility if the SLPP allays the fears of the minorities in their manifesto.
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Sujith Senadheera Friday, 13 October 2017 07:41
This forecast will be sufficient reason for Y-palanaya to postpone the election by another 10 years.
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Samaranayake Friday, 13 October 2017 07:49
Sad but this is the truth. Most of the people have lost faith in the govt. They want a change.
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gamini Friday, 13 October 2017 09:18
you mean change to the old days of white van disappearances and family politics????
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malij Friday, 13 October 2017 11:30
People have voted the present lot because they had lost faith in the previous lot. Now the same people have lost faith in the present lot as well and going to vote for the same people they had lost faith last time. Catch-22 situation or there is something drastically wrong with our logic?
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Amith Ratnayake (Lawyer) Friday, 13 October 2017 07:52
Basil fold your mat and get out to US as you did soon after the Election results, don't dream - the entire nation hates you.
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T. Palitha Kumara Friday, 13 October 2017 07:54
OK man this time too you will lose, after that will you fly to USA. dam liar.
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Tony Ramanayake Friday, 13 October 2017 07:56
Basil because of you MR lost very badly, you destroyed SLFP, now you are talking bull shit. Get lost without dreaming.
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Rocky Dungstan Friday, 13 October 2017 09:12
Never mind, Basil's plan was to destroy the image of Mahinda anyway, but it happened through MS.
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Kadupol Jothywansa Friday, 13 October 2017 18:28
Basil's plan to destroy his brother MR and be popular, it will never happen, this fellow Basil is worst than Mahinda.
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P. Arasaratnam Friday, 13 October 2017 07:57
Though you went to Jaffna and acted like a saint, you will get Zero votes mind it.
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M.R. Mustafa Friday, 13 October 2017 09:10
Like MR I will also offer special gift packages to Muslims and Tamils this time, Basil says... Hoooo.
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Hiran Friday, 13 October 2017 08:23
Why is this guy this not in Jail?
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ceylon Friday, 13 October 2017 08:40
shemeless theif.greedy for more roberies.this chap trying for to save himself from jail for the looted peoples money. via DM Android App
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Sambo Friday, 13 October 2017 08:43
He is a front liner all right. Because he is the first to runaway from the country. Only idiots will believe what this guy says.
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rama Friday, 13 October 2017 08:48
Yes MR will. but not because of you
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kola kotiya Friday, 13 October 2017 08:50
EMPTY VESSELS MAKE BIG NOISE
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Jagath Leanage Friday, 13 October 2017 09:38
As long as you (basil) and namal there nothing to worry for other parties . Will never win .
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nick Friday, 13 October 2017 10:30
this man becoming a laughing stock day by day via DM Android App
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BV Friday, 13 October 2017 11:23
Palamu Wedi Muraya Part 5 ? Sadly this time the bullet may end up in the dustbin.
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Mason Friday, 13 October 2017 11:55
Good luck in your endeavour. The lethargic UNP and Yahapalanaya government need a hard kick on their posterior to jolt them into action and serve the public. Hope the SLPP winning would server this purpose.
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Malli Friday, 13 October 2017 14:37
Basil is another word for stupidity. It will be good to check where the funds are coming from to the campaign to nip it off the bud
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Atha Katha - Karunaratne (Gampaha) Friday, 13 October 2017 18:34
Basil remember one thing, life time you will never be even an ordinary Member of Opposition, because people knows how you made your easy money, looting public money.
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Manuel Benjamin Friday, 13 October 2017 18:35
Better you pack only a travelling bag with your dirty clothes and run away to US with your dirty wife living with a evil man.
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Samson Samaranayake Friday, 13 October 2017 18:37
Basil for sure, you will never win any elections hereafter, even your wife will not vote for you as you are such a dirty stinking man.
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Nilwala Rupasinghe Friday, 13 October 2017 18:44
Basil, Namal is working out with Wimal and Gamma to trash you.
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janaka Saturday, 14 October 2017 11:05
Day dreaming to win the election. No body will vote for your party. You will be kicked off even without your refund amount. Are you planning to rob the country again???????????????????????????????????????/
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