General Elections: UPFA factions wrangle over Pohottuwa or beetle leaf

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There is a tug-of-war between the sections of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) on the selection of a symbol to contest the next general elections, it is learnt.

The UPFA faction, loyal to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, insists that they should contest the polls under the lotus bud or Pohottuwa symbol of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP). As a step towards this, these MPs who worked under the banner of the Joint Opposition including the Prime Minister took membership of SLPP ahead of elections yesterday.

Along with them, eight MPs of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) also received SLPP membership. They are Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardane, Chandima Weerakkody, T.B. Ekanayake, Sumedha G. Jayasena, Susantha Punchinilame, Sudarshani Fernandopulle and Taranath Basnayake.

Ratnapura district MP Ranjith de Zoysa, who is from the Joint Opposition, told Daily Mirror that Pohottuwa was an attractive and appealing symbol, and therefore his party would be happy if all could unite under it to contest the elections.

“It is a fresh symbol that is popular and appealing to people,” he said.

However, UPFA MP Minister of Skills Development and Vocational Training Dayasiri Jayasekera said he was not ready to take up the SLPP membership purely for political ends.

“I am not willing to get its membership merely for my convenience in getting elected next time. There has to be a mechanism to protect the SLFP,” he said.

Minister Jayasekera said he would seek to contest under a broad alliance under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena and the Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

“It is an alliance that should accommodate all the progressive forces,” he said.

Earlier, UPFA Secretary Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said it would be better if all could contest under his party’s beetel symbol. (Kelum Bandara)

 

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  • ANTON Monday, 12 November 2018 10:09 AM

    STILL POHOTTUWA ??? WHEN WILL IT BECOME A COMPLETE FLOWER ???

    Banana Flower Monday, 12 November 2018 12:02 PM

    It is like banana flower, never bloom

    Sam Monday, 12 November 2018 10:32 AM

    The best symbol to contest for you all is "CONDOMS" since you all are the real prostitutes

    shanathapriya Monday, 12 November 2018 10:55 AM

    Yes that symbol certainly fit them. As most of the unp ers including Ranil has never used such item

    Unchikun Monday, 12 November 2018 10:34 AM

    Is the Honeymoon over ?

    shanthapriya Monday, 12 November 2018 11:00 AM

    Dont worry, Rusted piston will soon be in action with another partner

    Jude Monday, 12 November 2018 10:53 AM

    Choose either of them, you're still a loser!!!

    Missaka Monday, 12 November 2018 11:10 AM

    Wrangle over a symbol is the end of both Pohottuwa and beetle leaf (SLFP too)!.

    MODA BURUWA Monday, 12 November 2018 04:16 PM

    As MARA and SIRA are together now the combination can be named as MARUSIRA .

    Mevan Monday, 12 November 2018 09:35 PM

    And they can have the 'dagger' as the symbol.


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